Lecture: William Larkin and the Overbury Murder
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5 December 2013, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
- Late Shift||Lecture
Diana Cecil, Countess of Oxford
by William Larkin. Suffolk Collection,
Kenwood House, London.
© English Heritage
Sir Roy Strong examines the full-length Jacobean portraits by William Larkin.
The most famous early set of full length portraits ever painted was that celebrating the women of the Howard family at its apogee. What prompted this unique commission, who were these women and what connection did it have with the poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury and the trial for murder of the notorious Countess of Somerset?
Sir Roy Strong is an historian, diarist and gardener. He was Director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and is the author and contributor to over fifty books on subjects as various as garden design, portraiture, autobiography and history.
As part of Elizabeth I & Her People exhibition
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