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Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

(1631-1712), Statesman

Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Chief minister to King Charles II, created Earl of Danby 1674. As Lord High Treasurer 1673-9, he used his political cunning and financial skills to strengthen the monarch's power and balance the royal finances: 'every man who had a vote might sell himself to Danby'. He was impeached and imprisoned 1679-84 following the discovery that his anti-French policy in Parliament was belied by secret pro-French treaties. He opposed the policies of James II but his career revived under King William III and Queen Mary, whose marriage he had arranged. He was appointed Lord President of the Council 1689-99, but faced another attempted impeachment in 1695 for receiving bribes.

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Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby'), by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29343

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29343

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby'), by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D5039

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1670-1690
NPG D5039

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby'), by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D5040

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1670-1690
NPG D5040

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby'), by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D5041

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1670-1690
NPG D5041

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby'), by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling) - NPG D19537

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling)
engraving, circa 1670-1690
NPG D19537

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby'), published by John Scott, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29344

Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

published by John Scott, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1807
NPG D29344

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Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by and published by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
engraving, circa 1670-1690
NPG D19062

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Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Robert White
line engraving, circa 1694
NPG D19557

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