Master of the Countess of Warwick
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- Master of the Countess of Warwick
- Portrait of the Hon. Dorothy Latimer, wife of Thomas Cecil, later 1st Earl of Exeter holding a pendant depicting Perseus (1549-1608)
- inscribed upper left on a cartelino: Dorothy Latimer wife to Thomas / Earl of Exeter Great Grandmother / to Diana Countefse of Ailesbury
- oil on panel
- 112 by 81 cm.; 44 by 32 in.
The sitter was the daughter of John Nevill, 3rd Lord Latimer and his wife, Lady Lucy Somerset, daughter of the Earl of Worcester. In 1564 she married Thomas Cecil, son of William Cecil, later Lord Burghley. It was a cleverly arranged dynastic marriage linking the parvenue Cecils to the ancient noble family of Somerset, and her husband was created Earl of Essex in 1605. Lady Exeter died in 1609 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.