Oil on panel, in a carved wood frame surmounted by a crown, 57.8cm by 45cm.
Dated u.r. 1608 (obscured by frame).
The large red stone in the Queen’s hair ornament is the Black Prince’s ruby, one of the oldest of the Crown Jewels and currently set at the front of the Imperial State Crown.
The 1738 Inventory, p. 87 records this painting, although mis-attributes it: “The Library….At the upper End of the Room, is an Original of Queen Elizabeth, by Hans Holbein.”