Sir Philip Sidney
1 portrait on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
Sir Philip Sidney
by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1576
44 7/8 in. x 33 1/8 in. (1139 mm x 840 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1984
Sitterback to top
- Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), Soldier, statesman and poet. Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In this skilful portrait Sidney is depicted in his 23rd year wearing a gorget, a piece of neck armour, and a doublet of white slashed leather. The Latin motto can be translated as 'Further fame from God' or perhaps 'The rest is fame'.
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Linked publicationsback to top
- Tudor Portraits Resource Pack, p. 34
- Audio Guide
- Charles Nicholl, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 68
- Clare Gittings, The National Portrait Gallery Book of Elizabeth I, 2006, p. 21
- MacLeod, Catharine, Tudor Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1996, p. 34
- Nicholl, Charles, Character Sketches: Elizabethan Writers, 1997, p. 28
- Nicholl, Charles, Insights: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, 2005, p. 54
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 61
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 565
- Tarnya Cooper, Elizabeth I & Her People, 2013 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014), p. 210
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Events of 1576back to top
Current affairsParliament presents Queen Elizabeth I with a petition complaining of ecclesiastical abuses.
The member of Parliament Peter Wentworth is imprisoned for attacking royal interference with Parliamentary freedom of speech.
The explorer and privateer Martin Frobisher sets out to find a Northwest passage to the Far East. He becomes the first European to visit Baffin Island, Canada.
Art and scienceThe actor and theatre manager James Burbage builds the Theatre, the first permanent playhouse in England, at Shoreditch, London.
The composer Thomas Whithorne writes the earliest known autobiography in English.
InternationalPacification of Ghent - an alliance between the Protestant northern and Catholic southern provinces of the Netherlands to collectively fight for the expulsion of Spanish troops from their territories.
The Spanish army serving in the Low Countries mutinies and sacks the city of Antwerp.
Death of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian II and succession of his son Rudolf II.
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On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 4 February 2018
- Portrait of the Day: Henry VIII & Katherine of Aragon
17 December, 12:30
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