Portrait of a man. Portrait of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex. (1970 catalogue states 'oil on panel, mounted on aluminum')

Portrait of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex, 1599

Oil on panelexpand_more

The John Washburn Fundexpand_more  24.24

Not on Viewexpand_more

The Earl of Essex was an English nobleman and a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. Politically ambitious, and a committed general, he was placed under house arrest following a poor campaign in Ireland during the Nine Years' War in 1599. In 1601, he led a failed coup d'etat against the government and was executed for treason. During the mid-1590s, while Essex was still in favor at court, he relied upon celebrated Tudor artist Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger exclusively for portrait sittings. This work is a studio variant of his most famous portrait, now housed at Woburn Abbey in England.

Details
Title
Portrait of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex
Artist Life
1561/62 - 1636
Role
Artist
Accession Number
24.24
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Portrait of a man. Portrait of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex. (1970 catalogue states 'oil on panel, mounted on aluminum')