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William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

4 of 8 portraits on display in Room 4 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 large number of contemporary portraits of Cecil still in existence testifies to the widespread recognition of his great political importance. They all seem to stem from the same pattern, which indicates that he rarely sat for his likeness to be taken.

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