Portrait of Peregrine Bertie, Lord Willoughby d’Eresby - Elizabeth I

Peregrine Bertie, Lord Willoughby d'Eresby

Portrait (copy of a late 16th century original): Dates from 18th century | Object number: I.67

Helmet: Dates from about 1590 | English, Greenwich | Object number: IV.577

This portrait shows Peregrine Bertie reclining, wearing a black doublet and hose and parts of a Greenwich armour. His armour is blued and highly decorated with gilded panels. The breast and back-plates hang from a tree in the background. Other pieces of his armour lie nearby.

The helmet is shown in the portrait of Lord Willoughby d’Eresby. The painting shows how splendid it would have looked when it was new. Sadly, it has lost its face defence (visor), most of the gilded decoration has gone and the blueing has oxidized to brown.

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