This miniature portrait of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532-1588) was painted in 1576, when he was at the height of his power as Queen Elizabeth's favourite and her Master of the Horse.
Portrait of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester by Nicholas Hilliard, 1576
© National Portrait Gallery
- Watercolour on card
- Diameter: 4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £500 ( Total: £3,675)
- Acquired in:
The year before, Leicester had staged magnificent fetes at Kenilworth in the Queen's honour. Throughout his career, Leicester and his circle remained as one of the mainstays of Hilliard's clientele.