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George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury (circa 1522-1590), Custodian of Mary, Queen of Scots

Sitter in 7 portraits
One of the wealthiest men in England, and Lord Lieutenant of the counties of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. As one of Elizabeth I's most trusted courtiers, Shrewsbury was made the custodian 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.

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George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury

by Unknown artist
black, brown and red chalk, 1582?
NPG 6343


George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury

after Unknown artist
watercolour, probably 17th century
NPG 2822


Procession of the Knights of the Garter (sheet 4)

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


George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury

by Thomas Cook
line engraving, possibly late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D25141


George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury

after Unknown artist
colour photogravure, published 1902 (1580)
NPG D41907


George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury

after Unknown artist
photogravure, published 1902 (1580)
NPG D41908

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