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Known as the 'Ditchley Portrait', this painting was produced for Sir Henry Lee who had been the Queen's Champion from 1559–1590. It probably commemorates an elaborate symbolic entertainment which Lee organised for the Queen in September 1592, and which may have been held in the grounds of Lee's house at Ditchley, near Oxford, or at the nearby palace at Woodstock. After his retirement in 1590, Lee lived at Ditchley with his mistress Anne Vavasour.
oil on canvas
H 241.3 x W 152.4 cm
Bequeathed by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, 1932
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
07 June 2016