|Artist||Karel van Sichem after Christoffel van Sichem I|
|Published||KVSichem sculp at excud. [c. 1611]|
|Dimensions||Image and Sheet 185 x 140 mm|
A full-length portrait of Robert Dudley wearing full armour, a lace collar and a feathered hat, holding a staff and resting a long sword at his side, his shield and helmet, as well as a crown lie on the floor before him, while a fleet of ships can be seen in the background.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (1532?-1588), Favourite of Elizabeth I. Described by a contemporary as 'A light and greedy man', Leicester was Elizabeth I's only serious English suitor after her accession to the throne, and her favourite throughout his life. Appointed Master of the Horse at her accession, he was made a Knight of the Garter and Privy Councillor the following year. Leicester commanded the unsuccessful force against Spain in the Netherlands (1585), and was involved in a number of scandals and intrigues.
Christoffel van Sichem I (c.1546-1624) was a Dutch printmaker, draftsman, and publisher who mainly lived and worked in Amsterdam. He was the father of Christoffel van Sichem II and grandfather of Christoffel van Sichem III, who both followed in his artistic footsteps. He was a prolific engraver, producing many portraits and small bible illustrations.
Karel van Sichem (fl. 1604-1611) was one of the members of the Dutch Van Sichem family of engravers and print publishers. Little is known about his life, but he was likely one of Christoffel van Sichem I's son's, born in Basel around 1575 and active in Amsterdam from 1604 to 1611.
Hollstein Dutch (Van Sichem) 7
Condition: Trimmed close to image. Overall time toning and wear to plate. Foxing to centre right.