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Jeffrey Hudson

(1619-1682), Dwarf and favourite of Queen Henrietta Maria

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Jeffrey Hudson was a dwarf who belonged to the court of Queen Henrietta Maria of England in the years before King Charles I was deposed. He was famous as the 'Queen's dwarf', and 'Lord Minimus', and was considered one of the wonders of the age because of his extreme but well-proportioned smallness. Hudson fought with the royalists in the civil wars and fled with the queen to France in 1644. When he killed a man in a duel in an apparent attempt to move beyond his mascot role, he was expelled from her court. Soon after, he was captured by Barbary pirates, and spent twenty-five years as a slave in North Africa before being ransomed back to England and living out the rest of his life in poverty.

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Jeffrey Hudson, by Martin Droeshout - NPG D28512

Jeffrey Hudson

by Martin Droeshout
line engraving, published 1636
NPG D28512

Jeffrey Hudson, after Unknown artist, published by  William Richardson - NPG D28511

Jeffrey Hudson

after Unknown artist, published by William Richardson
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D28511

Jeffrey Hudson, after Unknown artist, published by  William Richardson - NPG D28515

Jeffrey Hudson

after Unknown artist, published by William Richardson
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D28515

Walter Persons and Jeffrey Hudson, by John Brand, after  George Glover - NPG D28516

Walter Persons and Jeffrey Hudson

by John Brand, after George Glover
pencil, 1791
NPG D28516

Jeffrey Hudson and King Charles I, by R. Page - NPG D28514

Jeffrey Hudson and King Charles I

by R. Page
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28514

Jeffrey Hudson, after Unknown artist - NPG D17992

Jeffrey Hudson

after Unknown artist
coloured etching, early 19th century
NPG D17992

Unknown man engraved as Jeffrey Hudson, by James Stow, after  Daniel Mytens, published by  George Perfect Harding - NPG D28510

Unknown man engraved as Jeffrey Hudson

by James Stow, after Daniel Mytens, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1810
NPG D28510

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