Hatfield House f.32
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
A view in ink of Hatfield House, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. This Jacobean mansion was built by the first Marquess of Salisbury, James Cecil, who used it as his official seat. Together with his father, William Cecil, James was Elizabeth I's closest political adviser, becoming Secretary of State in 1596. After Elizabeth's death, he worked secretly to ensure the bloodless accession to the English throne of the Scottish King James VI. The new king repaid Cecil by dubbing him Baron Cecil, Viscount Cranborne, and Earl of Salisbury. He would later serve as James' lord treasurer.