Portrait of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester by Nicholas Hilliard

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.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour on card
Dimensions:
Diameter: 4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£500 ( Total: £3,675)
Acquired in:
1961
Vendor:
Christie's

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.

Provenance

A.Staal.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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