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George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury (circa 1522-1590), Custodian of Mary, Queen of Scots
Sitter in 7 portraits
As one of Elizabeth I's most trusted courtiers, Shrewsbury was made the gaoler of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1569; she remained his charge for fourteen years, most of which were spent at Sheffield Castle. Acrimonious relations with his wife, the strong-willed 'Bess of Hardwick', led to rumours of an 'improper intimacy' between Shrewsbury and his prisoner.
by Joseph Sympson (Simpson)
line engraving, probably 18th century