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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

14 of 34 portraits by Nicholas Hilliard

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, attributed to studio of Nicholas Hilliard, circa 1595 - NPG 6241 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

attributed to studio of Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1595
9 3/4 in. x 8 in. (248 mm x 203 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG 6241


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

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This portrait was probably painted to celebrate Essex's role in the Accession Day tilt of 1595. He is depicted wearing elaborate armour on which is embroidered his impresa of diamonds within a circle. The battle scene beyond may refer to his command of the cavalry at Flushing in the Netherlands at the start of his career.

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