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Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

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Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, by Nicholas Hilliard, circa 1611 - NPG 4260 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, circa 1611
1 3/4 in. x 1 3/8 in. (44 mm x 35 mm) oval
Purchased, 1962
Primary Collection
NPG 4260


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

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This miniature was probably painted around 1611, a momentous year for Carr in which he was created Viscount Rochester, installed as a Knight of the Garter and made keeper of Westminster Palace. He is shown in flamboyant costume with the blue ribbon of the Garter badge around his neck. The miniature is executed in watercolour on vellum which has been stuck to a playing card from the suit of diamonds.

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