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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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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham Tomb in Westminster Abbey, by Black & Hopwood, published by  Rudolph Ackermann, after  Mackenzie - NPG D5190

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham Tomb in Westminster Abbey

by Black & Hopwood, published by Rudolph Ackermann, after Mackenzie
aquatint, published 1 August 1812
NPG D5190

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, by Charles Picart, after  Cornelius Johnson - NPG D26519

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Charles Picart, after Cornelius Johnson
stipple engraving, published 1815
NPG D26519

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, by Charles Picart, after  Cornelius Johnson - NPG D32283

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Charles Picart, after Cornelius Johnson
stipple engraving, published 1815
NPG D32283

The Villiers Family, by William Greatbach, after  George Perfect Harding - NPG D26130

The Villiers Family

by William Greatbach, after George Perfect Harding
line engraving, probably mid 19th century
NPG D26130

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, after Unknown artist - NPG D41910

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

after Unknown artist
photogravure, published 1902
NPG D41910

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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by William Marshall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1621-1628
NPG D20421

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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

after Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt
line engraving, (circa 1625)
NPG D18724

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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Cornelius Johnson
engraving, 1730s
NPG D42871

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