20 unmissable paintings in London
Time Out's guide to must-see works of art in the city
Not only is London home to a vibrant and ever-changing contemporary art scene but it’s also the place to see some of the world’s greatest historical artworks. For a crash fine art primer Helen Sumpter rounds up the top 20 unmissable paintings in the permanent collections of London’s major museums and galleries.
Commissioned by the Queen’s Champion Sir Henry Lee, this lavish portrait of good Queen Bess shows her standing on a map of England with her feet near Ditchley, Lee’s home, to commemorate where he entertained her in order to regain her favour after his offence of living openly with his mistress.
See 'Queen Elizabeth I' ('The Ditchley portrait') by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger at the National Portrait Gallery.