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Hatfield House f.33

Hatfield House f.33

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15541

Item number: f.33

Length: 29.5

Width: 48.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink showing Hatfield House towards the court, 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.

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