Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex(1591-1646), Parliamentary general
Sitter associated with 44 portraits
Essex's father, the 2nd Earl, had been a favourite of Elizabeth I, but was executed for treason in 1601. The family honours were restored to the 3rd Earl in 1604. In the years leading up to the Civil War Essex consistently opposed Charles I's policies, and he became General of the Parliamentary army in 1642. His lack of success prompted the formation of the New Model Army.
after Unknown artist
woodcut, published 1684
- Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex (grandfather)
- Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (father)
- Elizabeth Devereux (née Paulet), Countess of Essex (wife)
- Frances, Countess of Somerset (wife)
Become a Member
Enjoy access to special events, discounts on the Gallery online shop, supporters’ updates and much more
Bringing people together by sharing the portraits and stories of the men and women who have shaped our nation.
Sign up to receive information on exhibitions, collections and activities of the National Portrait Gallery, including special offers, shop products, and exclusive competitions.