Queens’ College was founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou (wife of Henry VI) and, unusually, again in 1465 by Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV). The College’s history of Royal Patronesses is reflected in its small, but fine, collection of pictures. At its centre is the iconic fifteenth-century image of Elizabeth Woodville made by an unknown hand. This is complemented by a distinctive portrait of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, done in 1989 by June Mendoza, and a striking portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by James Lloyd. Of the more interesting of the remaining portraits is that by Joshua Reynolds of Richard Hopkins, a gift from the sitter on his appointment as a Lord of the Admiralty. Also notable is Benjamin West’s magnificent portrait of Richard Newcome, who was briefly a Fellow of Queens’ and later Chaplain to George II. Distinct from all of the above is the beautifully executed Chapel Altarpiece. This was made in the late 15th century in the Brussels workshop of the'Master of the View of Sainte-Gudule'. It is stressed that the paintings at Queens' College are not in public ownership. In accordance with the charitable aims of the College, which is a private institution, we are including our paintings on this website to widen public awareness and for the benefit of scholarship.
Queens' College, University of Cambridge
Silver Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9ET England
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