Was the portrait of Elizabeth of York we now see painted by a contemporary? Because I see varying versions. I'm just curious. If it was what year was it made?
No, there is no existing contemporary portrait (at least not to my knowledge). I expect there may have been at a contemporary portrait at one time, probably made during her last years. From that I would imagine that subsequent copies were made over the years, and then copies of copies, with the original eventually getting lost. Hence why there are so many versions of that portrait of her from the bust up in a red and gold dress trimmed in ermine with a ¾ turned face.
We do have her funeral effigy, which was made at her death. And the tomb by Torrigiano, which was made a few years after her death.
She is also depicted in the famous Holbein mural commission by Henry VIII for Whitehall Palace. Of course, this was made after her death and Henry VIII (mama’s boy that he was) probably over exaggerated all her more exemplary features.
There are a some possibly contemporary depictions of her floating around out there, like this one [x] which was discussed some earlier this week.