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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1565-1601), Soldier; favourite of Elizabeth I

Sitter associated with 25 portraits
Elizabeth I's last favourite. Described as having 'a nature not to be ruled', Essex organised royal entertainment in his capacity as Master of the Horse. Confirmed as a popular hero when he took Cadiz in 1596, he lost his place at court as a result of his activities in Ireland in 1599. He tried to raise a rebellion against the queen's ministers in 1601, which failed, and he was executed for treason.

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6241

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

attributed to studio of Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1595
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180

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, early 17th century (circa 1596)
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4966

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, after 1596
NPG 4966

4985

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, circa 1597
NPG 4985

D21312

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by John Ogborne, after Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
line engraving, (circa 1596)
NPG D21312

D21319

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

published by Nicolas de Clerck
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D21319

D19797

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

published by Compton Holland
engraving, published circa 1618-1619
NPG D19797

D21314

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D21314

D21315

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
line engraving, (1620)
NPG D21315

D21317

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
line engraving, (1620)
NPG D21317

D21318

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Walter Dolle, after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1672 (1620)
NPG D21318

D25138

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Walter Dolle, after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1672 (1620)
NPG D25138

D25135

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, 1697
NPG D25135

D25136

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, possibly 18th century
NPG D25136

D25137

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, possibly mid 18th century
NPG D25137

D25139

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

published by Silvester Harding, and published by Peter Brown
stipple engraving, published 1798
NPG D25139

D31838

Interview between Queen Elizabeth & the Earl of Essex

by Thomas Milton, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1806
NPG D31838

D17102

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, March 1812
NPG D17102

D25134

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

possibly by Jacobus Houbraken, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1817
NPG D25134

D21313

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D21313

D21316

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
line engraving, (1620)
NPG D21316

D36563

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1738
NPG D36563

D36564

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1738
NPG D36564

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