Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, after Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, early 17th century (circa 1596) - NPG 180 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, early 17th century (circa 1596)
25 in. x 20 in. (635 mm x 508 mm)
Purchased, 1864
Primary Collection
NPG 180


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This portrait is a version after a full-length painting of 1597.

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  • Cooper, Tarnya, Searching for Shakespeare (hardback), 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 29 May 2006), p. 159
  • Cooper, Tarnya, Searching for Shakespeare, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 29 May 2006), p. 159
  • Cooper, Tarnya (introduction) Banville, John (character sketch) Chevalier, Tracy (character sketch) Fellowes, Julian (character sketch) McCall Smith, Alexander (character sketch) Pratchett, Terry (character sketch) Singleton, Sarah (character sketch) Trollope, Joanna (character sketch) Waters, Minette (character sketch), Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from December 2011 - June 2012), p. 89
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 208
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 115

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Current affairs

Fears of Spanish invasion of England and Ireland. An expedition under Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex and Charles Howard, Baron Howard of Effingham sacks Cádiz, Spain. Robert Cecil (later Earl of Salisbury) is made Secretary of State. Sir Francis Drake dies from fever during an expedition to attack Spanish territories in the New World.

Art and science

The poet and administrator Edmund Spenser publishes the last three books of The Faerie Queene, an epic allegorical poem in praise of Queen Elizabeth I. The unusual narrative portrait of the soldier and diplomat Henry Unton is commissioned by his widow. The actor and theatre manager James Burbage builds Blackfriars Theatre, London.

International

Spanish forces capture Calais, France. The Battle of Keresztes - Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire defeats the combined forces of Sigmund Báthory, Prince of Transylvania and Maximilian, Archduke of Austria. Sigismund III of Poland transfers the capital of Poland from Kraków to Warsaw.

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