Frances Walsingham (1567-1633) Daughter of Elizabeth's spymaster, Sir Francis. Married Sir Philip Sidney, and after his death in battle, married the Earl of Essex (a cousin of the queen). After the earl's execution, she married the Earl of St. Albans and Clanricarde. One of her daughters by Essex married the duke of Somerset, a descendant of Mary Rose Tudor through the Grey family. History, 16Th Century, Collars Shape, Historical Fashion, Www Fashion Net France, Francis Walsingham, 1500S Fashion, France Walsingham, Elizabethean Costumes
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1594 - Frances Walsingham, Countess of Essex, and her son Robert, later the third Earl of Essex, by Robert Peake the elder. Inscribed top right "1594 AEte 36", over the child's head "AEte 5" Attributed to Robert Peake
Full length portraits came into fashion in the 1590s (Holbein's Ambassadors was an exception) and it suddenly became very fashionable. There are many reasons, maybe late 16th century dandies saw another opportunity to show off their legs. This portrait of Robert Deveraux, Earl of Essex, was painted by Gheeraerts in 1596
Lettice Knollys, great-niece of Anne Boleyn, Granddaughter of Mary Boleyn Laetitia Knollys, Countess of Essex and Leicester (November 1543 - 25 December 1634), normally referred to as Lettice Knollys, was born in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire. She was the mother of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth I's famous courtier. In her second marriage, Lettice Knollys was wife to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Elizabeth I's favorite. Elizabeth hated her for it.
Lettice Knollys, Daughter of Henry Knollys, Grand Daughter of Catherine Carey, Great-Grand Daughter of Mary Boleyn by lisby1, via Flickr