Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

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Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Unknown English workshop
oil on panel, circa 1575
38 in. x 27 in. (965 mm x 686 mm)
Purchased, 1867
Primary Collection
NPG 247

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This is a version of a portrait that was widely disseminated; another survives in the collection at Hatfield House.

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  • NPG D41890: Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (after)

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Queen Elizabeth I declines the offer of sovereignty of the Netherlands made by William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Protestant resistance to Spanish rule.
The royal favourite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester hosts a lavish entertainment for the Queen at Kenilworth.

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The composers William Byrd and Thomas Tallis dedicate Cantiones Sacrae (Sacred Songs) to Queen Elizabeth I after receiving a royal patent for the exclusive right to publish music.


Facing bankruptcy, Philip II of Spain suspends all payments by the Spanish crown. Don Luis de Requesens can no longer pay his troops in the Netherlands.
Akbar, Mughal Emperor of India, conquers Bengal.
The Battle of Nagashino features the first decisive use of firearms in Japanese warfare.

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Jacinto Regalado

22 December 2019, 23:20

This is by or at least style of George Gower (c. 1540-96). See below for comparison: