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Diana de Vere, nee Cecil, Countess of Oxford, 1614 William Larkin. Diana Cecil's dress is an amazing tour de force of slashing in this portrait by William Larkin. Married to Henry de Vere, 18th Earl of Oxford, she was the daughter of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter. Great granddaughter of Elizabeth's Lord Burghley, she became countess of Elgin by her second marriage. She left no issue.
Portrait of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury. William was the son of Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, and his wife, Elizabeth Brooke, daughter of Baron Cobham. Like his forefathers, the second earl was an English peer and politician. He married Lady Katherine Howard, daughter of the 1st Earl of Suffolk; they had 12 children.
A dull-legnth portrait of Anne Vavasour, gentlewoman of the bedchamber at the court of Elizabeth I; she created a scandal by giving birth to an illegitimate child in the maidens' chamber, having hidden the pregnancy right up until the birth. The father was (the married) Edward de Vere, 17th earl of Oxford. The Earl was married to William Cecil's daughter. The Earl of Oxford is considered by "Oxfordians" to be the true author of the Shakespeare catalogue.
Anne Sophia, née Herbert, Countess of Caernarvon Anthony can Dyck 1633-35On 27 February 1625, at the age of fifteen, The Earl of Caernarvon was married to his guardian's daughter, Lady Anna Herbert (d.1643), which secured her future as Dormer was one of the wealthiest men in England at the time. Anna was the daughter of Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke and Lady Susan de Vere, the youngest daughter of the Elizabethan courtier, poet, and playwright, Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.