A finely executed portrait of a Courtier, believed to be George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham
A finely executed portrait of a Courtier, believed to be George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham

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A finely executed portrait of a Courtier, believed to be George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham

c. 1625 United Kingdom

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A finely executed portrait of a Courtier wearing embroidered black doublet, collar trimmed with lace, moustache and beard, in later gilt-metal mount

As oil miniature portraits were rarely signed it has been difficult to identify the artist’s hand with any certainty. The hand is however very competent and shows the influence of Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver.

This miniature shows a very strong likeness to the portrait of George Villiers, by Rubens painted in 1625.George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham was the favourite, claimed by some to be the lover, of King James I of England.Despite a very patchy political and military record, he remained at the height of royal favour for the first two years of the reign of Charles I, until he was assassinated.
He was made Baron Whaddon, of Whaddon in the County of Buckingham, and Viscount Villiers in 1616, Earl of Buckingham in 1617, Marquess of Buckingham in 1618 and Earl of Coventry and Duke of Buckingham in 1623. Buckingham, who continued in office as chief minister into the reign of James's son, Charles I, was responsible for a policy of war against Spain and France, and was assassinated by a Puritan fanatic, John Felton, in 1628 as he prepared an expedition to relieve the Huguenots of La Rochelle.
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Height 2.00 inch (5.08 cm)
Stock Code
2564
Medium
oil on metal
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