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John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

(1690-1749), Courtier

Sitter in 8 portraits
Inheriting the title Duke of Montagu in 1709, John Montagu held a number of posts at court and was a prominent Freemason, but took little interest in politics. He was known for his unusual acts of charity, such as funding the Cambridge education of a Jamaican slave named Francis Williams. He was also a lover of practical jokes, and kept a hospital for old cows and horses. Kind-hearted and generous by nature, Montagu believed that the struggle for wealth and power destroyed a more generous nature, and that the quest for happiness was more important.

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John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3219

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3219

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, by John Faber Jr, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D5698

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by John Faber Jr, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, circa 1718-1725
NPG D5698

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, by John Faber Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D33097

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1731 (1709)
NPG D33097

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, by William Finden, published by  Harding & Lepard, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D14812

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by William Finden, published by Harding & Lepard, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1835
NPG D14812

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John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38877

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John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38878

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John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by William Finden, published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, published 20 December 1828
NPG D38879

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