Bess of Hardwick(circa 1527-1608), Noblewoman; wife of 6th Earl of Shrewsbury
Elizabeth ('Bess') Talbot (née Hardwick), Countess of Shrewsbury
Sitter in 3 portraits
'Bess of Hardwick' was one of the wealthiest people in late Elizabethan England, and an important patron of architecture. She acquired her wealth through a succession of four progressively more profitable marriages, and through her own business acumen. She is remembered mainly for the house she had built at Hardwick, to a plan by the great Elizabethan architect Robert Smythson (c.1535-1614).
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