Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, by Isaac Oliver, circa 1600.

Robert Cecil (1563-1612), was the younger son of William Cecil by his second wife, Mildred Cooke. He was groomed by his father as his successor and after the death of Francis Walsingham, Robert Cecil became Secretary of State. He was knighted and gradually took over the role of his ageing father, becoming the Queen’s most important adviser. He was a small man, affectionately referred to by Elizabeth as her ‘elf’.

With grey backswept hair and a chestnut-coloured half beard and moustache, wearing a black doublet with a white ruff and the ribbon of the Order of the Garter, blue background, gold border, oval, 5cm, rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame.



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