Isaac Oliver, portrait of Elizabeth I

Isaac Oliver, portrait of Elizabeth I

Isaac Oliver a(bout 1560-1617)
Portrait of Elizabeth I
About 1590-2
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a playing card
Museum no. P.8-1940
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Purchased with funds from the R.H. Stephenson Bequest

This was probably a 'face-pattern' for other artists, especially printmakers, to copy. Oliver's use of shadow has emphasised that Elizabeth was nearly 60. Later her government later tried to suppress such honest images.