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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charming and ambitious, the Duke of Buckingham was a favourite and leading minister of both James I and Charles I. As Lord High Admiral he bungled expeditions to Cadiz and La Rochelle, and his diplomatic incompetence led him to become the Commons' 'grievance of grievances'. At the age of 36 he was assassinated by John Felton while in Portsmouth.

National Portrait Gallery, London


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    205.7 x 119.4 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Given by Benjamin Seymour Guinness, 1952


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