Attr. John de Critz the Elder
(Antwerp 1551/2 – 1642)
Portrait of William Cecil, 1st Lord Burghley (1520 – 1598), seated half-length, holding a letter, c. 1590-95
inscribed lower right Lord Treasr Cecil
oil on panel
114 x 86 cm. (44½ x 34⅜ in.)
This work is available for sale at our London gallery.
Lane Fine Art, London
Private Collection, USA, acquired from the above on 10 Oct. 1980
William Cecil was the chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth I for most of her reign. He served twice as Secretary of State (1550-53 and 1558-72) and as Lord High Treasurer from 1572 following the death of Lord Winchester.
In this portrait, Lord Burghley wears the Order of the Garter and holds the Wand of Office. His black hat is decorated with a jewel which represents Queen Elizabeth in profile.
Lord Burghley built the great houses at Burghley and Theobalds, and founded the Salisbury dynasty.