Tag Archives: Nicholas Hilliard

Melancholy Knights, by Hilliard and Oliver

In 1569 the unmarried courtier, Sir Henry Lee, had the idea that Elizabeth I’s accession day on 17 November (1558) should be specially celebrated at the court with great jousting or tilting. By the 1580s these Accession Day tilts had … Continue reading

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Essex, by Hilliard and Oliver

On his death, the Earl of Leicester’s mantle fell on the shoulders of his stepson, the Earl of Essex. He did not inherit a penny, but he nevertheless was his political heir and was expected to take over his court … Continue reading

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Hilliard’s Unknown Man

In a 1995 Tate Gallery exhibition of Tudor and Jacobean art a Hilliard portrait miniature of an unkown man was said to bear “some resemblance to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester”.1 The picture inscribed “Ano Dni 1574” was formerly believed … Continue reading

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Lettice Knollys, by Nicholas Hilliard

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was the earliest and – apart from Queen Elizabeth herself – the most important English patron of Nicholas Hilliard. In 1578 the earl had married Lettice Devereux, the widowed Countess of Essex, and from 1582 … Continue reading

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Robert Dudley and Nicholas Hilliard

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was the greatest private collector of paintings in Elizabethan England. Many items in his collection were portraits and, being fond of everything Italian, he had a predilection for the Venetian school. It is intriguing to … Continue reading

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