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.