Sir Edward Cecil, 1st Viscount Wimbledon, 1631

Michiel Janszoon van Miereveldt, Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt

 
Sir Edward Cecil, 1st Viscount Wimbledon, 1631
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Sir Edward Cecil, 1st Viscount Wimbledon (1572-1638), 1631.

Oil on panel by Michiel Janszoon van Miereveldt (or Mierevelt) (1567-1641), 1631.

A grandson of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Queen Elizabeth I's Minister, Edward Cecil entered military service in about 1596. He served under Sir Francis Vere in the Low Countries, during the wars between the Dutch and Spanish. In 1600 he commanded a body of 1,000 men which successfully relieved Ostend from a Spanish siege, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I on his return. The following year he went on to serve as colonel of a regiment of English horse under the brilliant Dutch commander, Count Maurice of Nassau (later Prince of Orange).

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