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Est. 1451. An outstanding coeducational secondary school & sixth form college and England's first academy

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Daily Lives of the Elizabethans

In the 1970s some historians became interested in the daily lives of Elizabethan people. They began asking interesting questions about their houses and possessions, the food they ate and how they lived on a daily basis.

Click the following link to the National Portrait Gallery to view a portrait of Sir Henry Unton (1558-1596). The painting was commissioned by Dorothy Unton in memeory of her dead husband.

What can the painting tell us about the daily life of an Elizabethan gentleman like Sir Henry Unton? On your copy of the portrait label the interesting details (Fig. 1-9)