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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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4197

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1576
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6989

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
silver medal, 1587
NPG 6989

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

D31856

Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 4)

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

D21135

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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

D20904

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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

D21136

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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

D25142

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D25142

D25144

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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

D25148

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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

D25150

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

published by Compton Holland
line engraving, early 17th century
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D37265

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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

D21142

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21142

D21143

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21143

D21139

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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

D21149

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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