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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.

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D23085

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

possibly by William Derby
pencil, circa 1835-1842
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D19708

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D19708

D42889

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42889

D615

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Sir George Scharf
pencil on tracing paper
NPG D615