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Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532 or 1533-1588), Courtier and magnate; favourite of Elizabeth I
Sitter associated with 64 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.
by Robert Cooper, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton, after Sir William Segar
stipple engraving, published 25 March 1820 (circa 1587)
by Henry Meyer, printed and published by William Radclyffe, printed and published by Thomas Radclyffe, published by Nathaniel Merridew, published by John Merridew, after Sir William Segar
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1821 (circa 1587)