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Lucy Russell (née Harington), Countess of Bedford

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Lucy Russell (née Harington), Countess of Bedford

by Simon de Passe, sold by John Sudbury, and sold by George Humble
line engraving, circa 1599-1618
7 3/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (187 mm x 117 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (263 mm x 163 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D20432

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  • Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • George Humble (died 1640), Printseller. Artist associated with 15 portraits.
  • John Sudbury (active 1599-1618), Print publisher. Artist associated with 7 portraits.

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Current affairs

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex's campaign in Ireland is unsuccessful. He signs a truce with the leader of the rebellion Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and returns to England without royal permission. He is placed under house arrest on his return to court.
King James VI of Scotland (future James I of England) writes Basilikon Doron ('The Royal Gift'), which asserts his theory of the divine right of kings.

Art and science

The Globe Theatre is built in London.
William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is performed for the first time.
Death of the poet and administrator Edmund Spenser, author of The Faerie Queene.
Birth of the painter Anthony van Dyck in Antwerp (in present-day Belgium).


Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia, deposes Andrew Báthory, Prince of Transylvania.
Akbar, Mughal Emperor of India, leads a campaign of conquest into southern India.

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