Lord Francis Russell
Lord Francis Russell
by George Perfect Harding, after Unknown artist
watercolour, 19th century, based on a work of 1573
12 in. x 9 1/4 in. (305 mm x 235 mm)
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- Lord Francis Russell (circa 1554-1585), Third son of 2nd Earl of Bedford. Sitter associated with 2 portraits.
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This portrait is after an original in the collection of Woburn Abbey. Francis is shown in similar attire to that of his brother, Edward, in his portrait by the same artist. Behind Francis is a pair of inset scenes depicting a ship on a rough sea and a seated woman in a landscape with snakes and other beasts.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 539
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 270
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- The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding (From 14 January 2015)
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Events of 1573back to top
Current affairsThe radical protestant Sir Francis Walsingham is appointed Principal Secretary . He establishes a large espionage network to protect Queen Elizabeth I.
Art and scienceThe French Protestant jurist François Hotman writes Franco-Gallia, arguing for representative government and an elective monarchy.
Birth of the architect Inigo Jones.
InternationalFernando, Duke of Alva resigns as Spanish Governor-General in the Netherlands after failing to make headway against the Dutch Protestant rebels. He is succeeded by Don Luis de Requesens, who attempts to pursue a more conciliatory policy.
The Treaty of Constantinople ends war between the Ottoman Empire and Venice. Venice cedes Cyprus and increases its annual tribute.
The Duke of Anjou becomes the first elected King of Poland.
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