Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton

1 portrait on display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton, possibly after Sir Peter Lely, (circa 1678) - NPG 2915 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton

possibly after Sir Peter Lely
chalk, (circa 1678)
10 1/2 in. x 8 1/8 in. (267 mm x 206 mm)
Purchased, 1937
Primary Collection
NPG 2915


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  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 829 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.

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Sir Peter Lely's commercial success with black and red chalk drawings encouraged other British artists to take up the medium. His influence can be seen in this sensitive example by an unknown follower. The sitter, Henry Fitzroy was the illegitimate son of Charles II and wears a costume loosely based on Roman dress. This sort of fancy dress was popular in portraits to depict sitters as heirs to Roman culture and military brilliance. This image depicts Fitzroy at the age of about fifteen, a few years after he became a duke.

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