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British Artist (c.1500):
Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of Edward IV

F680; oil on panel; 41 x 32 cm.

Inscribed: ELIZABETH.REGINA.REGIS / EDWARDI.ANGLIE.

Prov: (?)Tradescant.

Presented by Elias Ashmole, 1683; WA1898.1.

Poole 1912, no. 402; MacGregor 1983, no. 273.

Elizabeth Woodville (?1437-1492) married King Edward IV privately in 1464. She suffered numerous vicissitudes in the political turmoil of the late 15th century, but, among other achievements, refounded and endowed Queens' College, Cambridge. This portrait was derived from one in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.

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Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.

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