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Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

(1532 or 1533-1588), Courtier and magnate; favourite of Elizabeth I

Sitter associated with 65 portraits
Courtier and influential favourite of Elizabeth I, he was the Queen's only serious English suitor. Made Master of the Horse at Elizabeth's accession, he joined the Privy Council in 1562, and was created Earl of Leicester and Baron of Denbigh in 1564. Leicester commanded the unsuccessful force against Spain in the Netherlands (1585), and was involved in a number of scandals and intrigues.

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Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist - NPG 447

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 447

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 4197

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1576
NPG 4197

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG 6989a

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
silver medal, 1587
NPG 6989a

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG 6989b

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
silver medal, 1587
NPG 6989b

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG 5475

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
marble bust, late 18th century or 19th century
On display at Kenilworth Castle, London
NPG 5475

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 4), after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder - NPG D31856

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 4)

after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder
photograph of engraving, (1576)
NPG D31856

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem) - NPG D21135

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem)
line engraving, 1580s?
NPG D21135

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem) - NPG D20904

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem)
line engraving, circa 1585-1587
NPG D20904

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, after Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem) - NPG D21136

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

after Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem)
line engraving, after 1588
NPG D21136

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D25142

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D25142

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D25144

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly early to mid 17th century
NPG D25144

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D25148

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 17th century
NPG D25148

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, published by Compton Holland - NPG D25150

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

published by Compton Holland
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D25150

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D37265

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 17th century
NPG D37265

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21142

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21142

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21143

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21143

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21139

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century?
NPG D21139

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, published by John Hinde - NPG D21149

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

published by John Hinde
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D21149

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, published by Compton Holland - NPG D21150

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

published by Compton Holland
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D21150

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, published by Nicolas de Clerck - NPG D21151

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

published by Nicolas de Clerck
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D21151

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21148

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21148

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, published by H. Jacopsen (Jacobsen) - NPG D19269

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

published by H. Jacopsen (Jacobsen)
line engraving, published 1618
NPG D19269

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Willem de Passe - NPG D21137

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D21137

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Willem de Passe - NPG D21138

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D21138

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by William Marshall - NPG D21140

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1641
NPG D21140

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by William Marshall - NPG D21141

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1641
NPG D21141

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D25147

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D25147

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D37268

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D37268

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D21152

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D21152

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D21153

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D21153

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Gaspar Bouttats - NPG D21154

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Gaspar Bouttats
etching, late 17th century
NPG D21154

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21437

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D21437

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21144

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D21144

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21145

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D21145

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown artist - NPG D21146

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D21146

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by A. Dischler - NPG D21147

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by A. Dischler
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D21147

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