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Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    early 17th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Payne, John (engraver)
    Passe, Willem de, born 1597 - died 1636 (engraver)
    Passe, Simon de, born 1591 - died 1647 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 35

Physical description

Portrait, half-length of a man, facing half right and holding a baton in his right hand. The sheet on which the portrait is printed has been set in a border, printed from a separate plate. The border is decorated with male figures engaged in military pursuits.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


early 17th century (printed)


Payne, John (engraver)
Passe, Willem de, born 1597 - died 1636 (engraver)
Passe, Simon de, born 1591 - died 1647 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

' J. P.'
Lettered with name of sitter, etc. and

'Fata Viam Invenient Invia Virtuti Nulla Est Via / Wil: Pas scu:'
Lettered on the border


Height: 19.7 cm border cut, Width: 12.4 cm border cut, Height: 10.2 cm portrait, Width: 6.7 cm portrait

Descriptive line

Print, half-length portrait of Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex. Engraving by John Payne and Willem de Passe after an original design by Simon de Passe, early 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.
O'Donoghue, Freeman. British Museum: Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits. London: Printed by order of the Trustees, 1908-25.
Corbett, Margery and Michael Norton. Engraving in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: the Reign of Charles I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1952-64.
Hind, Arthur Mayger. Engraving in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. London: Cambridge University Press, 1952-5, 3 v.
Fagan, Louis. A descriptive catalogue of the engraved works of William Faithorne. London: B. Quaritch, 1898. xiii, 104 p. 30 cm.

Production Note

This print is an altered version of a portrait of Christia, Duke of Brunswick, engraved by Simon van de Passe.

The passe-partout border was engraved by Willem de Passe.



Subjects depicted

Baton; Officer; Soldiers


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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