Unknown man, formerly known as George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

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Unknown man, formerly known as George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, attributed to Cornelius De Neve, 1627 - NPG 1346 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown man, formerly known as George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

attributed to Cornelius De Neve
oil on canvas, 1627
25 7/8 in. x 24 1/8 in. (657 mm x 613 mm)
Purchased, 1903
Primary Collection
NPG 1346


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This portrait was once thought to represent the nobleman George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, a favourite of King James I. However, this identification has now been revised as the sitter's features bear little resemblance to other known portraits of Buckingham.
The identity of the sitter is not known but he is unlikely to be British. The distinctive orange sash is similar to those worn by officers of the Dutch army in the Netherlands who served under the Princes of Orange. It is therefore likely that this dashing man is an officer in the Dutch militia.

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  • Cooper, Tarnya (introduction) Banville, John (character sketch) Chevalier, Tracy (character sketch) Fellowes, Julian (character sketch) McCall Smith, Alexander (character sketch) Pratchett, Terry (character sketch) Singleton, Sarah (character sketch) Trollope, Joanna (character sketch) Waters, Minette (character sketch), Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from December 2011 - June 2012), p. 17
  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 41
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 692

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