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A portrait of Sir Philip Sidney, warrior-poet and brother of Mary Sidney-Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.
A portrait of Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex, by an artist of the Anglo-Netherlands School, circa 1570-75. Sidney Sussex School.
William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke (8 April 1580 – 10 April 1630) was the son of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and his third wife, Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke. Chancellor of the University of Oxford, he founded Pembroke College, Oxford with King James. He was warden of the Forest of Dean, and constable of St Briavels from 1608 to 1630. He served as Lord Chamberlain from 1615 to 1625. He died without legitimate issue, passing his title to his brother.
Lady Mary Herbert bore her husband, the Earl of Pembroke 4 children, the first of whom, William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke (1580–1630) may be the young man described in Shakespeare's Sonnets. Their other surviving child, Philip, became the 4th Earl of Pembroke upon his brother's death in 1630. These sons are the "Incomparable Pair" to whom Shakespeare's First Folio is dedicated. At different times, both were patrons of the King's Men. Mary also had 2 daughters, Katherine (1581-84) & Anne.
X-ray image of the portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham
A portrait of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex by Marcus Gheeraerts, 1596 . Robert, stepson of the Earl of Leicester, was the last favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. He was related to the Walsingham family by marriage, his wife being Frances Walsingham, daughter of Sir Francis, Elizabeth I's spymaster. He was executed for treason in 1601. BIO & Downfall: www.beingbess.blo...