The Portraits of Robert Dudley (5)

Robert Dudley in 1576, by Nicholas Hilliard

Another portrait miniature by Nicholas Hilliard of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1961.

Importantly, this miniature is inscribed with the words ‟Ano.Dni.1576 Aetatis Sue 44“, which clearly indicates that Leicester was 44 years old in 1576, which would establish his year of birth as 1532. (He was born on 24 June, as Leicester himself wrote in a letter to William Cecil; he didn’t mention his age, though).

About Christine Hartweg

Hi, I'm the author of "Amy Robsart: A Life and Its End" and "John Dudley: The Life of Lady Jane Grey's Father-in-Law". I blog at
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