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Staff of Office

Lord Treasurer Staff of Office

Around 1565 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (44). His right-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1565 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (44). His right-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1576 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Paulet 1st Marquess Winchester 1483-1572 wearing his Garter Collar and Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1576 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Paulet 1st Marquess Winchester 1483-1572 wearing his Garter Collar and Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1580 based on a work of 1565.Unknown Artist. Portrait of Robert Radclyffe 5th Earl Sussex 1573-1629 (6) wearing his Garter Collar and holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1580 based on a work of 1565.Unknown Artist. Portrait of Robert Radclyffe 5th Earl Sussex 1573-1629 (6) wearing his Garter Collar and holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

After 1585 Marcus Gheeraerts 1562-1636 (attributed). Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598. His right-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

After 1585 Marcus Gheeraerts 1562-1636 (attributed). Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598. His right-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

After 1590 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598. His left-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

After 1590 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598. His left-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. His Son Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. William Cecil (77) was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford. Large free-standing monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.

After 1585 Marcus Gheeraerts 1562-1636 (attributed). Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598. His right-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1565 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (44). His right-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

After 1590 Unknown Artist. Portrait of William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598. His left-hand is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Before 1623. Unknown Artist. Portrait of Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623.

In 1622 Daniel Mijtens 1590-1648 (32). Portrait of Thomas Edmondes Lord Treasurer 1563-1639 (59) with his Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

In 1622 Daniel Mijtens 1590-1648 (32). Portrait of Thomas Edmondes Lord Treasurer 1563-1639 (59) with his Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

In 1623 Daniel Mijtens 1590-1648 (33). Portrait of James Hamilton 2nd Marquess Hamilton 1589-1625 (34) with his Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

In 1623 Daniel Mijtens 1590-1648 (33). Portrait of James Hamilton 2nd Marquess Hamilton 1589-1625 (34) with his Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1686 Willem Wissing 1656-1687 (30). Portrait of Lawrence Hyde 1st Earl Rochester 1642-1711 (43) wearing his Garter Robes including the Garter Collar and holding his white Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Around 1686 Willem Wissing 1656-1687 (30). Portrait of Lawrence Hyde 1st Earl Rochester 1642-1711 (43) wearing his Garter Robes including the Garter Collar and holding his white Lord Treasurer Staff of Office.

Comptroller of the Household Staff of Office

In 1527 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (30). Portrait of Henry Guildford 1489-1532 (38) wearing the Garter and Inter-twined Knots Collar with St George Pendant.Standing three-quarter length, richly dressed in velvet, fur and cloth-of-gold. Holbein has meticulously shown the varied texture of his cloth-of-gold double which is woven into a pomegranate pattern with a variety of different weaves including loops of gold thread. Similarly, he has carefully articulated the band of black satin running down Guildford’s arm against the richer black of the velvet of his sleeve. A lavish use of both shell-gold paint and gold leaf (which has been used to emulate the highlights of the gold thread in the material) emphasises the luxuriousness of the sitter’s dress and his high status. In his right-hand he holds the Comptroller of the Household Staff of Office.

In 1527 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (30). Portrait of Henry Guildford 1489-1532 (38) wearing the Garter and Inter-twined Knots Collar with St George Pendant.Standing three-quarter length, richly dressed in velvet, fur and cloth-of-gold. Holbein has meticulously shown the varied texture of his cloth-of-gold double which is woven into a pomegranate pattern with a variety of different weaves including loops of gold thread. Similarly, he has carefully articulated the band of black satin running down Guildford’s arm against the richer black of the velvet of his sleeve. A lavish use of both shell-gold paint and gold leaf (which has been used to emulate the highlights of the gold thread in the material) emphasises the luxuriousness of the sitter’s dress and his high status. In his right-hand he holds the Comptroller of the Household Staff of Office.