Elizabeth I Ermine Portrait

Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by William Segar
published on 22 May 2020

The c. 1585 CE 'Ermine Portrait' attributed to William Segar of Elizabeth I of England (r. 1558-1603 CE). This painting takes its name from the ermine climbing the queen's left arm which was a symbol of purity and royalty (the animal even wears a crown as a collar to make the message doubly clear). She is holding an olive branch which symbolizes peace. The queen wears black - both the dress and her pearls - which symbolized constancy. She has a gold sword near at hand, perhaps the sword of state and so representing justice.

Hatfield House. Hertfordshire, England.

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