William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester

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William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester

by George Perfect Harding, after Unknown artist
watercolour, 19th century, based on a work of 1569
10 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (273 mm x 200 mm)
Purchased, 1929
Primary Collection
NPG 2400

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  • George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Artist or producer associated with 173 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6578 portraits.

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Catholic lords Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland and Charles Neville, Earl of Westmorland lead the Northern Uprising against the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I in an attempt to place the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne. The rebellion meets with little success and the leaders flee.
The first official lottery in England is held to raise funds for public works.

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During the French Wars of Religion, the leader of the Huguenots (French Protestants), Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Condé is defeated and killed at the Battle of Jarnac. The Huguenots regroup with Admiral Gaspard de Coligny as their military leader.
The Union of Lublin unites Lithuania and Poland, forming the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth under the sovereignty of Sigismund II Augustus.

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