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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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Interview between Queen Elizabeth & the Earl of Essex

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


Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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


Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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


Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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


Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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


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