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A portrait of Sir Philip Sidney, warrior-poet and brother of Mary Sidney-Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.

A portrait of Mary Sidney-Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, circa 1614.

Portrait of Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, by Anthony Van Dyck, 1635. Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke was born on 16 October, 1584. He was the son of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, and his wife, Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke.

Sir Francis Walsingham, by an unknown artist. National Portrait Gallery, London.

Portrait of William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke by Daniel Mytens (1625) 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. Chancellor of theUniversity 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.

Lady Mary Sidney. She bore Pembroke four 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 on his brother's death in 1630. These sons are the "Incomparable Pair" to whom William Shakespeare's First Folio is dedicated. At different times, both were patrons of the King's Men. Mary also had two daughters, Katherine (1581 - 1584) and Anne.

A detail of a portrait of Jane's tempestuous brother Thomas Seymour. Thomas had plotted to wed the Princess Elizabeth Tudor while he was still married to her step-mother, Queen Katherine Parr. Sharing the same fate of his brother, Edward, Duke of Somerset, Thomas went to the block for treason in 1549.

Portrait of Sir Henry Sidney (1529-1586)

X-ray image of the portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham


Henry Grey, third Marquis of Dorset and Duke of Suffolk? Classified by NPG as Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester by Unknown English workshop oil on panel, circa 1575 38 in. x 27 in. (965 mm x 686 mm) Purchased, 1867 Primary Collection NPG 247

School 16th century - Sir Henry Unton