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George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland

8 of 34 portraits by Nicholas Hilliard

George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, by Nicholas Hilliard, 1588 - NPG 6273 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1588
1 7/8 in. x 1 1/2 in. (48 mm x 38 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG 6273


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  • Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 34 portraits.

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This portrait shows Clifford aged 30 in the elegant costume of a courtier, with a fine lace-edged blackwork collar and slashed doublet. The silver highlights applied to his buttons and pearl earring have tarnished over time and now appear black.

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