William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

1 portrait on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, 1560s - NPG 2184 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1560s
37 1/2 in. x 28 1/4 in. (953 mm x 718 mm)
Purchased, 1928
Primary Collection
NPG 2184

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The inscription on the portrait can be translated as: 'Do God's will, Cecil, give thy country succour strong, Live pious as thy wont is; live, as thy need is, long'. The number of surviving portraits of Burghley attests to his political significance, though the majority of them derive from the same pattern which suggests that he rarely sat for his likeness to be taken.

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