George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham

William Jacobsz. DELFF

After M. van Miereveld. Hollstein 13, second state of two, with the inscription. (Although Drugulin recorded a state before letters, Hollstein had never seen one.)
A very fine impression, trimmed on or just outside the platemark all round. In excellent condition. 420 x 297mm.

Through his beauty, social graces and astuteness, George Villiers worked his way up from minor gentry to becoming King James I’s closest advisor and beloved friend, moving through successive titles to the primary dukedom in England, Master of the Horse, Knight of the Garter, and Admiral of the Fleet. His abuse of power, however, earned him an assassination at the age of 36.
Delff engraved with great ability many of the royal European portraits that Van Miereveld, his father’s father-in-law, was commissioned to paint, as well as some of those by his pupil Mijtens. The painted source of this print is now in the Art Gallery of South Australia.