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Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612), Statesman

Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Robert Cecil was son of William Cecil, Lord Burghley. He was Secretary of State (1596-1608), and secured the succession of James VI of Scotland to the English throne in 1603. Created Baron, Viscount and Earl in three years (1603-5), he built Hatfield House, and died deeply in debt. King James called him his 'little beagle'; he was also known as 'the crook-backed Earl'. His punning Latin motto can be translated as 'Late but in earnest'.

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Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, 1602
NPG 107

665

The Somerset House Conference, 1604

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1604
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 665

1115

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

after John De Critz the Elder
oil on panel, 19th century?
NPG 1115

D20084

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by H. Stock, published by Compton Holland
engraving, circa 1618
NPG D20084

D20935

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Magdalena de Passe, or by Willem de Passe
line engraving, 1620
NPG D20935

D25760

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

printed and published by John Thane
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D25760

D25762

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D25762

D25759

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1747
NPG D25759

D25764

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Thomas Chambers (Chambars)
line engraving, 1757
NPG D25764

D25758

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Joseph John Jenkins, after Federico Zuccaro
stipple engraving, early to mid 19th century
NPG D25758

D31752

Unknown man engraved as Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Richard Earlom, published by Samuel Woodburn
mezzotint, published 1811
NPG D31752

D25761

Unknown man engraved as Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Richard Earlom, published by Samuel Woodburn
mezzotint, published 1811
NPG D25761

D17109

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Henry Bone, after John De Critz the Elder
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, December 1812
NPG D17109

D25763

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

published by George Smeeton
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1814
NPG D25763

D25757

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Charles Picart, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton, after Federico Zuccaro
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1820
NPG D25757

D33772

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Magdalena de Passe, or by Willem de Passe
line engraving, 1620
NPG D33772

D40026

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1747
NPG D40026

D40025

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Charles Picart, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton, after Federico Zuccaro
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1820
NPG D40025

D40027

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

by Joseph Brown, after George Perfect Harding
stipple engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D40027