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Robert Devereux, 1565-1601, 2nd Earl of Essex

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Devereux, Robert

Object details:

Object ID BHC2681
Description Essex grew his beard on his acclaimed expedition to Cadiz in 1596 which makes it possible to date his later portraits to the period 1596–1601. Gheeraerts, the leading portrait painter of this time, was responsible for all large-scale representations of Essex as a mature man within this period. The face pattern and pose are based on the full-length portrait now at Woburn Abbey. The carefully rendered details of the jewellery – the chain and pendant of the Lesser George, part of the insignia of the Order of the Garter – stand out against the white of Essex’s costume, a colour closely associated with Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen.
Date made 1596-1601

Artist/Maker Gheeraerts, Marcus
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements ;Painting: 1194 mm x 940 m; Frame: 1382 mm x 1123 mm x 105 mm;Weight: 31.5 kg
  • Robert Devereux, 1565-1601, 2nd Earl of Essex (BHC2681)
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