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'The greatest gallant of his time, and the greatest gamester'; the inventor of cribbage. Suckling, an ardent Royalist, was forced to flee the country in the Civil war, and died in poverty in Paris, probably from taking poison. He wrote plays, notable for their convoluted plots, as well as some memorable lyrics, of which the best known is 'Why so pale and wan, fond lover?'

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  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    34.3 x 28.6 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1877


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