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George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

(1633-1695), Political philosopher

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 13 portraits
A statesman and writer, Halifax was a favourite of Charles II; his best-known political tract, 'Character of a Trimmer', urged Charles to shake off the influence of his brother James. As a Privy Councillor he attempted to steer a moderate course between extreme Protestants, High Church Tories and Roman Catholics, but he was dismissed at the accession of James in 1685. Halifax was closely involved in the revolution of 1688, and presided over the council of lords which arranged the succession of William and Mary. It was said that the revolution bore 'the character of the large but cautious mind of Halifax'. Dryden described him as 'Of piercing wit and pregnant thought'.

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George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax, after Jacobus Houbraken - NPG D30822

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

after Jacobus Houbraken
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D30822

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D30823

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1740
NPG D30823

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D35212

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1740
NPG D35212

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D19175

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1740
NPG D19175

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax, probably by Silvester Harding, after  Unknown artist - NPG D30821

George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

probably by Silvester Harding, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1798
NPG D30821

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George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1740
NPG D21629

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George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1740 (1740)
NPG D42913

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