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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628), Courtier; favourite of James I

Sitter associated with 49 portraits
Handsome and ambitious, Villiers was the most notorious of James I's favourites. From humble beginnings as cupbearer in the royal household, he rose with astonishing speed through the ranks of the aristocracy, becoming Duke of Buckingham in 1623. As one of the king's leading ministers, some of his administration was effective, but he was widely regarded as corrupt and extravagant. Villiers exercised great influence over both James I and his son Charles I, though was generally regarded with suspicion and dislike by the rest of the court, and as Lord High Admiral was blamed for a number of military failures. He was murdered by John Felton, a discharged officer of the navy in 1628.

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D33054

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Walter Dolle, after Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt
line engraving, 1660s-1670s
NPG D33054

D26520

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Walter Dolle, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, 1672
NPG D26520

D26522

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Walter Dolle, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, 1672
NPG D26522

D26510

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D26510

D16668

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D16668

D26515

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, 1713
NPG D26515

D32193

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, 1713
NPG D32193

D25823

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D25823

D26514

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D26514

D16670

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by W. Tringham
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D16670

D32285

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, late 1730s-early 1740s
NPG D32285

D26512

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by William Baillie, after Daniel Mytens
stipple engraving, published 1785
NPG D26512

D32284

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by William Baillie, after Daniel Mytens
etching, published 1785
NPG D32284

D19344

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by William Baillie, after Daniel Mytens
etching and stipple engraving, published 1785
NPG D19344

D16717

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by William Baillie, after Daniel Mytens
etching and stipple engraving, published 1785
NPG D16717

D16641

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough; George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by William Grainger, published by Alexander Hogg, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, and after Unknown artist
etching, published 31 January 1787
NPG D16641

D26516

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

published by William Richardson, after Martin Droeshout
line engraving, published 1810
NPG D26516

D923

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Charles Turner, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
mezzotint, published 1810
NPG D923

D16669

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

after Martin Droeshout, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1810
NPG D16669

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