CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

Online event: 18 January 2024

Event details

Date Thursday 18 January 2024
Time 13.00-14.00 GMT
Location Hybrid: The Wallace Collection, London & online (Zoom)
Speakers Dr. Lucy Davis and Professor Karen Hearn

While Frans Hals’s The Laughing Cavalier is on loan to the National Gallery, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester by an unidentified Anglo-Netherlandish painter, takes up his esteemed position in the Great Gallery. Like Hals’s ‘cavalier’, Dudley is shown wearing rich clothing appropriate to a member of society’s elite. Known today mainly as Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite, Dudley was a complex figure.

Learn what the painting tells us about its famous sitter and hear how art historians investigate surviving Elizabethan paintings today.

Anonymous Anglo-Netherlandish artist, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, ca. 1560-64
The Wallace Collection, London


Professor Karen Hearn was the Curator of Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century British Art at Tate Britain in London from 1992 to 2012 and is now an Honorary Professor at University College London.

Lucy Davis has been Curator of Paintings and Miniatures at the Wallace Collection since 2011. She has written numerous articles on works in the collection, particularly on Flemish painting.

Hybrid event

A ticket is not required to attend this special talk in the Theatre of The Wallace Collection.  The talk will also be broadcast live from the museum. Book a free ticket online to receive a Zoom link. Ticketholders will also receive a link to view a recording of the talk, which will be available for two weeks only.

Visit the museum website for more information and tickets.