Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

1 portrait of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, by Isaac Oliver, after 1596 - NPG 4966 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, after 1596
2 in. x 1 5/8 in. (51 mm x 41 mm) oval
Purchased, 1973
Primary Collection
NPG 4966


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  • Isaac Oliver (circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 71 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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A Venetian observer described how, after taking Cadiz, Essex had 'on this last voyage...began to grow a beard, which he used not to wear'. This portrait was painted soon afterwards and shows him with a blue ribbon around his neck from which the 'Lesser George', or informal insignia of the Order of the Garter, would have been suspended.

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