Henry Wriothesley
artist unknown, 1600

National Portrait Gallery, London

head, collar & upper sleeve waist hip & sword left glove

Henry Wriothesley:
* 6/10/1573 Cowdray
+ 10/11/1624 Bergen op Zoom
3rd Earl of Southampton, Baron of Titchfield
Interested in theatre and poetry, he became a friend and patron of Shakepeare's and was dedicated a number of works (e.g. Venus and Adonis, possibly sonnets) by him. Involved in a rebellion in 1601, he was condemned to death for treason. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment, so that he could return to court under James I. He volunteered to fight in the Netherlands (helping their revolt against Spain) and died there from an illness.