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Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury (1660-1718), Politician

Sitter in 7 portraits
Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrewsbury served five successive monarchs as a politician and diplomat. Brought up a Catholic, he converted to Anglicanism in 1679 and played an important part in establishing William of Orange as King in 1688. His contacts and friendships with politicians of all opinions made him an essential negotiator for successive governments. Talbot found political life draining, and frequently resigned claiming ill health - although the Duchess of Marlborough believed that when serious events occurred he was simply 'frightened … and pretended to be sick'.

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Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1685)
On display on Floor 1: Saloon at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 1424

D40716

Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury

by John Smith, sold by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, circa 1695
NPG D40716

D1339

Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury

by John Smith, sold by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, circa 1695
NPG D1339

D11015

The Lords Regent of England

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1695 or after
NPG D11015

D40717

Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury

by John Cochran, published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1831
NPG D40717