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unknown artist (Elstrack?)
Attributed to Renold Elstrack, 1570–1625(?)
Published by Compton Holland, active 1616–d.1621
Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex
Additional Title(s):
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
between 1616 and 1621
Materials & Techniques:
Line engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper, laid on mount
Sheet: 7 1/16 × 4 7/16 inches (18 × 11.2 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on mount, lower center: "H., vol. 2, p. 371, no. 14, pl 235 (a) | (only state) | Earl + Henry playing in Tennis court, Dispute on print in game, Essex- insisting on rights. Henry called him one of a Traitor. Essex hit him over the head with racquet + | drew blood - became afterwards famous Parliamentary general - | Henry played after 3 or 4 hours at a time-"; on mount, lower right: "Anonymous engraver - Elstracke? | O. D. 20"

Lettered in black ink, within image, upper right, in coat of arms: "HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE"; in frame surrounding portrait: "ILLVSTRISS9 D9 ROBERTUS DEVORAX COMES ESSEXIÆ QUONDAM ANGLIÆ MARISCALL9. etc."; lower center: "The most noble ROBERT Earle of Essex and | Ewe(?), Earle Marshall of England, Vicount | Hereford and Bourgcher, Lo: Ferres of Chartle(?) | Lo: Bourgcher & Lovayn, her Maties. Lieutenant and | Governour Generall of Ireland, & Knight of the | most noble Order of the Garter. | Co: Holland excu."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of John Hay Whitney, Yale BA 1926, Yale MA (HON.) 1956, transfer from the Yale University Library and the Yale University Art Gallery
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armor | beard | cartouche | coat of arms | costume | crest | cuffs | doublet | feathers | hat | livery collar | man | mustache | nobility | Order of the Garter | oval | pendant | portrait | reticella | shield
Associated People:
Devereux, Robert, second earl of Essex (1565–1601), soldier and politician
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