Portrait of Sir Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon
The man in this painting, Sir Edward Cecil (1572-1638), held various military roles in England and in Europe. This painting was completed around the time he was made General in 1610. Although dressed as a civilian, the baton in his hand and the helmet next to him are references to his military status. Miereveld was a Dutch artist and one of the most successful portrait painters of his day. Cecil commissioned several portraits by him, showing his popularity and ability to capture his likeness.