Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

Oil on canvas | 2180 x 1272mm | c. 1597

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1565-1601), Soldier; favourite of Elizabeth I.

A Venetian observer described how, after taking Cadiz, Essex had 'on this last voyage...began to grow a beard, which he used not to wear'. This portrait was painted s...
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