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Sir Philip Sidney

(1554-1586), Soldier, statesman and poet

Sitter associated with 30 portraits
To many of his contemporaries Philip Sidney represented the ideal of the renaissance courtier. He was a soldier, diplomat and author who became one of the most influential Elizabethan poets. He is known particularly for his prose romance Arcadia and the sonnet sequence Astrophel and Stella. He died at the age of thirty two from wounds he received fighting the Spanish at Zutphen, on his uncle the Earl of Leicester's expedition. His sister Mary Herbert would oversee the publication of the manuscripts of his poems.

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Sir Philip Sidney, after Unknown artist - NPG 2096

Sir Philip Sidney

after Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 18th century or after (circa 1576)
NPG 2096

Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Philip Sidney, copy by George Perfect Harding, after  Unknown artist - NPG 2412

Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Philip Sidney

copy by George Perfect Harding, after Unknown artist
watercolour
NPG 2412

Sir Philip Sidney, after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D34617

Sir Philip Sidney

after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
etching, 17th century
NPG D34617

Sir Philip Sidney, by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), published by  Compton Holland - NPG D17856

Sir Philip Sidney

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), published by Compton Holland
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D17856

Sir Philip Sidney, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D25390

Sir Philip Sidney

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, 1620
NPG D25390

Sir Philip Sidney, after Unknown artist - NPG D34613

Sir Philip Sidney

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1620-1650
NPG D34613

Sir Philip Sidney, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D34615

Sir Philip Sidney

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, 1620
NPG D34615

Sir Philip Sidney, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D34616

Sir Philip Sidney

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, 1620
NPG D34616

Sir Philip Sidney, by Jean de Courbes, after  Unknown artist - NPG D34614

Sir Philip Sidney

by Jean de Courbes, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1625
NPG D34614

Sir Philip Sidney, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove - NPG D25491

Sir Philip Sidney

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove
line engraving, probably mid to late 17th century
NPG D25491

Sir Philip Sidney, after Unknown artist - NPG D34618

Sir Philip Sidney

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D34618

Sir Philip Sidney, by George Vertue, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25392

Sir Philip Sidney

by George Vertue, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1741
NPG D25392

Sir Philip Sidney, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25386

Sir Philip Sidney

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1743
NPG D25386

Sir Philip Sidney, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25384

Sir Philip Sidney

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, published 1744 (1743)
NPG D25384

Sir Philip Sidney, by George Vertue - NPG D25388

Sir Philip Sidney

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1745
NPG D25388

Sir Philip Sidney, by R. Cooper, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25385

Sir Philip Sidney

by R. Cooper, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25385

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