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An original copperplate engraving on laid paper by English artist George Noble (fl. 1795-1806) titled “George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, at Somerset House”, 1784. After a painting by C. Johnson. Printed and published June 29th, 1784 in London, UK. Beautifully framed with moulding from Spain and a rich velvet mat from Holland. All archival. Framed size: 22.25″ x 18.5″. Image size/platemark: 12.5″ x 8.25″. In excellent condition.
George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham KG (28 August 1592-23 August 1628) was the favorite, 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 three years of the reign of Charles I, until he was assassinated by a disgruntled army officer.