Did you read about the discovery of the copy of the painting of Henry VIII, Will Somers, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth at Boughton House? It was reported in the Times last month.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4013182.ece
Alison Weir and Tracy Borman discovered it and have published an article in the June edition of BBC History Magazine.
They suggest that the portrait of Elizabeth could be used to identify several similar portraits (including the Unknown woman, formerly known as Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey owned by the NPG).
‘There exist too several versions of a half-length portrait of a young woman who may also be Elizabeth, notably at Syon House (the London home of the Duke of Northumberland), Audley End House in Essex and (formerly) the Berry Hill Galleries in New York. In this portrait type, probably dating from the early to mid-1550s, the sitter, who is painted full-faced, wears the somber garb of a virtuous Protestant maiden – attire that Elizabeth famously affected during her brother Edward VI’s reign to help restore her reputation after the scandal of her alleged affair with Thomas Seymour.
The Syon House portrait has traditionally been called Lady Jane Grey, but historian and specialist in Tudor portraiture Sir Roy Strong identified it, on good grounds, as Elizabeth in 1969. The near-identical Audley End portrait is labeled in a later hand as Jane, but the Berry Hill portrait has long been identified as Elizabeth.
Closely related to these in appearance is a full-faced portrait of Elizabeth I at Hever Castle, probably painted shortly after her accession in 1558.’
Do you know the Hever portrait they mean?