Sir John Suckling(1609-1642), Poet and the inventor of cribbage
Sitter in 11 portraits
'The greatest gallant of his time, and the greatest gamester'; Suckling, an ardent Royalist, was forced to flee the country in the Civil war, and died in poverty in Paris, probably from taking poison. He wrote plays, notable for their convoluted plots, as well as some memorable lyrics, of which the best known is Why so pale and wan, fond lover?'.
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