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Portrait of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598), Attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561-1636).

Oil on panel, 111.8cm by 87.6cm.

The artist was born in Bruges and brought to London in 1571 by his father, also an artist, to escape religious persecution. In the 1590s, he secured the patronage of Sir Henry Lee, the Queen’s champion and Pageant Master and quickly became fashionable as a portraitist in court circles.

1688 Inventory, p.13, “The North Dineing roome…Old Pictures… Ld Treasurer Burghley’s picture in a frame.”


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