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William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520/1-1598) Lord High Treasurer

unknown, 17th century

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520/1-1598) Lord High Treasurer

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Artistunknown, 17th century
TitleWilliam Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520/1-1598) Lord High Treasurer
MediumOil on panel
ProvenanceCollection of British peer and Conservative politician William Bagot, 4th Baron Bagot JP (1857-1932) by 1890; with W. Sabin and Sons, London; by whom sold through Christie’s, London, on 9 June 1950 (Lot 126), as by ‘Stretes’ [Guillaume Scrots (active 1537-1553)]; from which sale purchased by ‘Phillips’ on behalf of the Ministry of Works
Exhibition'Tudor Exhibition', New Gallery, London, 1890 (catalogue number 63), lent by Lord Bagot; ‘Government Art Collection: Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 16 September to 4 December 2011; ‘Revealed: Government Art Collection’, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Ulster Museum, Belfast 15 March to 9 June 2013
Dimensionsheight: 57.50 cm, width: 42.50 cm
Inscriptionnone visible
AcquisitionPurchased from Christie's, 9 June 1950
LocationUK, London, Government Art Collection
GAC number1130

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Lord Burghley wears the robes of a Knight of the Garter and a flat black cap over a black skull-cap. He holds a white rod; an emblem of his position as Secretary of State.

This portrait was created by a workshop of artists, several of whom may have been involved in painting it. They worked from one of three standard patterns for portraits of Burghley. The work may have been painted as part of a set of portraits to hang in the long gallery of a large country house.

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