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Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex (1539-1576), Military commander and Earl-Marshal of Ireland

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
A courageous but ruthless adventurer, Essex undertook to conquer and colonise Ulster on behalf of England in 1573. After two years of treacherous dealings against the Irish and the Scots living in Ulster, he was recalled to England. Before leaving, Essex carried out his most notorious act, a massacre on the island of Rathlin. He died of dysentery shortly after his return to England. Essex was the father of Robert Devereux, the 2nd Earl.

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D31857

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 5)

after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder
photograph of engraving, (1576)
NPG D31857

D21309

Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D21309

D25162

Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

by Innocenzo Geremia, published by John Scott
stipple engraving, published 20 May 1806
NPG D25162

D17115

Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, September 1820
NPG D17115

D21311

Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

by William Holl Sr, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1824
NPG D21311

D21310

Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D21310

D36567

Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

by Henry Meyer, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Robert William Satchwell, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D36567