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Portrait of William Cecil, Lord Roos, Studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680).

Oil on canvas, 119.4cm by 94cm.

William Cecil, 16th Baron Roos (1590-1618), was the only son of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter (1566-1640). He inherited the Roos barony from his mother Elizabeth (née Manners) when he was only a year old, but never inherited the Earldom of Exeter. He died without issue, survived by both his father and his grandfather, Thomas, 1st Earl of Exeter (1542-1623), and the title eventually passed to one of his cousins.
The portrait appears in the 1763 Burghley Inventory: “The Marble Hall….Ld. Roos, by Sr. Peter Lilly”.


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