Portrait | Publish date: 2019/10/07
This was thought to be just a grubby 17th century portrait of an unknown woman by an unknown artist. But when a restorer cleaned off the overpainting, the face that emerged looked uncannily like Queen Elizabeth I of England. So is it or isn’t it the Virgin Queen? The Yale Center for British Art think it is—earlier this year, experts at Yale were shown the oil on panel by Bonhams, which will offer the work for sale in its Old Master paintings sale in London on 4 December with an estimate of £150,000 to £250,000.