Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke(1561-1621), Writer and literary patron
Sitter in 11 portraits
A writer, Mary Herbert was the sister of Sir Philip Sidney and his literary collaborator. Following his early death she became a noted supporter of the writers to whom he had acted as patron. Mary would eventually complete Sidney's paraphrasing of the Psalms and oversee the publication of his poems, including The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (1593 and 1598)which her brother had dedicated to her.