George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury

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George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, by Unknown artist, inscribed 1582 - NPG 6343 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury

by Unknown artist
black, brown and red chalk, inscribed 1582
13 in. x 8 7/8 in. (330 mm x 225 mm)
Purchased, 1995
Primary Collection
NPG 6343

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The high level of finish suggests that this drawing is copied from a painting or another drawing. The style appears French and the French inscription identifying Shrewsbury may be contemporary with the drawing.
A surviving letter to Shrewsbury from a French diplomat, François de Civille, includes a plea for the earl to dispatch his portrait so that it could be sent to the Duke of Bouillon. Mary, Queen of Scots had numerous French supporters and it is, therefore, possible that a portrait of Shrewsbury was sent to France and that further copies were made there.

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  • NPG 2822: George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury (based on same portrait)

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Current affairs

Raid of Ruthven - King James VI of Scotland is kidnapped by a group of Presbyterian nobles, led by William Ruthven, Earl of Gowrie. The plotters rule Scotland for ten months with the approval of Queen Elizabeth I and the Scottish Kirk.

Art and science

The courtier, poet and soldier Sir Philip Sidney writes Astrophil and Stella, a collection of love sonnets and songs, and A Defence of Poetry, one of the first pieces of literary criticism in English. Death of the scholar George Buchanan and posthumous publication of his history of Scotland, Rerum Scoticarum historia (Histories of Scottish Matters). The poet and dramatist William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway.


The Gregorian Calendar (named after Pope Gregory XIII), which advances the date by ten day, is adopted throughout Catholic Europe. Protestant countries continue to use the old dating system, the Julian Calendar, until the eighteenth century. The Peace of Jam-Zapolski concludes the Livonian War between Russia and Poland. Russia cedes Livonia and Estonia to Poland and loses access to the Baltic Sea.

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