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Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds

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Statesman; created Earl of Danby 1674; as Lord High Treasurer (1673–1679), he strove successfully but unscrupulously to balance the royal finances: 'every man who had a vote might sell himself to Danby'. He was impeached and imprisoned 1679–1684 following the discovery that his anti-French policy in Parliament was belied by secret pro-French treaties. He opposed the policies of James II, was honoured and appointed Lord President of the Council by William III (1689–1899), but then faced another attempted impeachment in 1695 for receiving bribes.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds




oil on canvas


H 243 x W 147.3 cm

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Purchased, 1983

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