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    Diana Cecil, 1614 William Larkin. Diana Cecil's dress is an amazing tour de force of slashing in this portrait by William Larkin. According to Ribeiro and Cumming in The Visual History of Costume, p. 105 (1989), "Note  An unusual use of material provides a focus of attention for this transitional fashion, which occurred between the formal court style of the farthingale and a more naturalistic line.

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    Portrait of Diana de Vere, nee Cecil, Countess of Oxford. By William Larkin, 1614. Diana Cecil's dress is an amazing tour de force of slashing in this portrait by Larkin. Married to Henry de Vere, 18th Earl of Oxford, she was the daughter of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter. Great granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth I's Lord Burghley, she became countess of Elgin by her second marriage. She left no issue.

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    A portrait of Lady Diana Cecil, daughter of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter. Lady Diana first married Henry de Vere, 18th Earl of Oxford, and secondly, Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin. She died without issue. Portrait by William Larkin.

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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. (Kenwood House, London)

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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 Diana Cecil, later Countess of Oxford Date circa 1614

Lady Diana Cecil, daughter of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter. Lady Diana married first Henry de Vere, 18th Earl of Oxford, and second, Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin. She died without issue. Portrait by William Larkin.

Elizabeth Bassett, Countess of Newcastle by William Larkin (attributed to) Date painted: c.1614–1618 @ Kenwood House, London

Susan Feilding, née Villiers by William Larkin, ca 1616 England. married Sir William Feilding, later Earl of Denbigh. 5 children, all nobles or married to same. Lady of the Bedchamber to Henrietta Maria. Fled to France during Civil War, converted to Catholicism and lost her English property. Died in France.

Catherine Lyte Howard by William Larkin, ca 1613 England

Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset by William Larkin, 1613 England, Kenwood House

A portrait of William Of Orange. By Adriaen Thomasz Key, 1580. Also widely known as William the Silent, main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish that resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648. Born in the House of Nassau as Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, became Prince of Orange in 1544.Founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau, ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands.

Portrait of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I's chief Councillor and friend, who was one of the most powerful and successful political figures of the Tudor period.

On this day 6th January, 1066 the last Anglo-Saxon King of England Harold II was crowned. He reigned for ten months before he died at the Battle of Hastings, fighting the Norman invaders led by William the Conqueror. Harold was the first of only three Kings of England to have died in battle, the other being Richard I and Richard III

ca. 1613 Catherine Lyte Howard by William Larkin

Portrait of Josephine Bowes by Louis William Desanges (attributed), ca 1852-60 England, the Bowes Museum