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Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), Courtier
Sitter in 3 portraits
Talented, extravagant and hot-tempered, Oxford was hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain and a favourite of Elizabeth I. He supported an expensive lifestyle by selling most of his inheritance, but he was distinguished in his literary achievements, both as a patron of a company of actors and as an important lyric poet in his own right.