Sir Christopher Hatton
Sir Christopher Hatton
by Unknown artist
oil on panel, probably 17th century, based on a work of 1589
31 in. x 26 in. (787 mm x 659 mm)
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In this portrait he is shown holding a cameo of the Queen, worn on a chain around his neck.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Clare Gittings, The National Portrait Gallery Book of Elizabeth I, 2006, p. 15
- Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 37 Read entry
Hatton holds a cameo brooch depicting Elizabeth I, asserting his love and loyalty in a typically courtly way. Miniature painted portraits, cameos and symbolic jewels were exquisite words in the languge of courtly discourse, given and received as tokens of admiration, worn ostentatiously by even the older courtiers; the elderly adviser Lord Burghley was portrayed with a royal cameo in his hat. The Queen loved jewels; her closest courtiers were expected to keep her supplied with expensive and symbolic items, and she wears a variety in her portraits, providing a convenient shorthand identification: the Phoenix Portrait, the Pelican and so on.
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 50
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 65
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 288
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 136
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Events of 1589back to top
Current affairsSir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth in command of over 100 ships and 18,000 men. Ignoring orders to attack Spanish ports in the Bay of Biscay, the fleet embarks on a disastrous invasion of Portugal. After sacking La Coruña, Drake fails to take Lisbon and returns to face accusations of disobedience and cowardice.
King James VI of Scotland (later James I of England) marries Princess Anne of Denmark.
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InternationalAssassination of Henry III of France. On his deathbed, he recognises the Protestant Henry of Navarre as his successor. As Henry IV, he becomes the first of the Bourbon kings of France.
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