English Renaissance Polychromed Wax Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley KC PC (1520 - 1598)

An Interesting English Renaissance Polychromed Wax Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley KC PC (1520 - 1598) Chief Adviser to Elizabeth I
Contained in a turned wood lidded circular box
Probably a likeness after a portrait oil on canvas of 1587 now in the National Gallery London NPG. 362
Circa 1590 - 1595
Size: 3.5cm high, 7.5cm dia. - 1½ ins high, 3 ins dia.
William Cecil served both Edward VI and Mary I of England, but exercised most power when chief minister and statesman to their sister Elizabeth I. When she ascended to the throne, Elizabeth’s first appointment was to make Cecil her principal Secretary of State making him the youngest member of her council. Throughout his life he was the Queen’s most influential minister tempering her actions with cautious, but decisive advice. As a result the Queen nicknamed Cecil her ‘Spirit’. He was created Baron Burghley in 1571 and was Lord High Treasurer and Chief Minister from 1572. The only serious threat to his influence came from Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester whose great dislike he returned.

English Renaissance Polychromed Wax Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley KC PC (1520 - 1598)

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