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Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

(1587-1645), Favourite of James I

Sitter associated with 19 portraits
Following a fall from his horse at the accession day tilt in March 1607, Robert Carr was nursed by King James I and rapidly became a royal favourite. Created Earl of Somerset in 1616, three years later he was indicted with his wife, Frances Howard, for the murder of his Sir Thomas Overbury. Though Howard confessed, both were later released.

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Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 4260

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, circa 1611
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4260

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, after John Hoskins - NPG 1114

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

after John Hoskins
oil on panel, (circa 1625-1630)
NPG 1114

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Simon de Passe, published by  Compton Holland - NPG D21452

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Simon de Passe, published by Compton Holland
line engraving, circa 1615
NPG D21452

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Simon de Passe, published by  Compton Holland - NPG D21453

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Simon de Passe, published by Compton Holland
line engraving, circa 1615
NPG D21453

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances, Countess of Somerset, attributed to Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), sold by  John Hinde - NPG D25783

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances, Countess of Somerset

attributed to Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), sold by John Hinde
line engraving, circa 1615
NPG D25783

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Simon de Passe, published by  Compton Holland - NPG D25789

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Simon de Passe, published by Compton Holland
line engraving, circa 1615
NPG D25789

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset, attributed to Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), sold by  John Hinde - NPG D1316

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset

attributed to Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), sold by John Hinde
line engraving, circa 1615
NPG D1316

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Simon de Passe, published by  Compton Holland - NPG D7644

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Simon de Passe, published by Compton Holland
line engraving, circa 1615
NPG D7644

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset, attributed to Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), sold by  John Hinde - NPG D19777

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset

attributed to Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), sold by John Hinde
line engraving, circa 1615
NPG D19777

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D25787

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1749
NPG D25787

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D41812

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1749
NPG D41812

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D41813

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1749
NPG D41813

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Jacobus Houbraken - NPG D18900

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken
line engraving, published 1749
NPG D18900

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, published by Silvester Harding, after  John Hoskins - NPG D25784

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

published by Silvester Harding, after John Hoskins
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1802
NPG D25784

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, published by Edward Jeffery, after  George Jamesone - NPG D25788

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

published by Edward Jeffery, after George Jamesone
stipple engraving, published 1806
NPG D25788

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances, Countess of Somerset, by George Cruikshank, published by  George Smeeton - NPG D25786

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances, Countess of Somerset

by George Cruikshank, published by George Smeeton
etching, published 27 September 1817
NPG D25786

Unknown couple, called Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset, by James Donald Milner, probably after  Paul van Somer - NPG D21673

Unknown couple, called Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset

by James Donald Milner, probably after Paul van Somer
pencil on tracing paper, 1 December 1911
NPG D21673

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