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.
by Walter Dolle, after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
after Unknown artist
by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
published by Silvester Harding, and published by Peter Brown
by Thomas Milton, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke