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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, 'a nature not to be ruled', Essex organised royal entertainments 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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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

possibly by Jacobus Houbraken, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1817
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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
line engraving, (1620)
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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1738
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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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