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A favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, Lee was the originator of the annual Accession Day Tilts on 17 November, the most important Elizabethan court festival from at least 1581. He was the first person to hold the office of Queen's Champion, which he resigned in 1590. This portrait was painted on a visit to Antwerp in June 1568. The rings which Lee wears and the true-lovers' knots and armillary spheres on his sleeves probably have personal symbolic significance.
oil on panel
H 64.1 x W 53.3 cm
Given by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, 1925