Elizabeth I Comes to the Folger

An exhibit featuring the "nation's largest collection of items by and about Elizabeth I" is being presented by the Folger Gallery in Washington, D.C. "Elizabeth I, Then and Now" will be presented by the Folger Gallery March 21 - August 2, 2003, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the end of Elizabeth's reign. The exhibit will feature manuscripts, books, portraits and other items including the Queen's own 1583 copy of the Bishop's Bible. Other artifacts in the exhibit include the Plimpton "Sieve" portrait of Queen Elizabeth I by George Gower from 1579, a letter written and signed by Elizabeth, in French, to Henri IV, c1595, Elizabeth's massive wax Great Seal, and a 1585 New Year's Gift Roll.

The Folger Shakespeare Library will be giving tours of the exhibit and the library Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. (US Eastern time). Docents will give guided tours of the exhibit and the library free of charge. No advance reservations are required, and group tours may be arranged in advance.