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.