Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

1 portrait on display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, by Unknown artist, circa 1600 - NPG L114 - Private collection; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Private collection; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1600
80 1/2 in. x 48 in. (2045 mm x 1219 mm)
Lent by a private collection, 1964
Primary Collection
NPG L114


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Southampton was the patron of Shakespeare and the dedicatee of Venus of Adonis and Rape of Lucrece; he may also have been the intimate friend who was the subject of a number of Shakepeare's sonnets. Initially a favourite of Elizabeth I, he fell from the queen's favour on his marriage. He joined Essex in the conspiracy of 1601, organizing a performance of Richard II to incite public rebellion. Committed to the Tower, he was released by James I. The highly decorated suit of armour seen in this portrait is likely to have been for display. Southampton was known at court for his flamboyant appearance, particularly his auburn hair which he wore long.

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