The Celebrated Dwarf in the reigns of Charles the first & second. Jeffrey Hudson Died in 1682.From the original by D. Mytens in the collection of Sir Ralph Woodford Bart. Born at Ockham, in Rutlandshire in 1619. Taken into the Service of the Duchess of Buckingham, at Burleigh between the age of 7 & 9, and served up in a Cold Pye, at an Entertainment given to Charles, the First, and his Queen. Sent to France for the Queen's Midwife in 1630, and made prisoner by a Flemish Pirate. Made a Captain of Horse in the Civil Wars; & fights a Duel on Horse back with Mr. Crofts, whom he kills with the first fire: Again made captive at Sea, by a Turkish Rover, & carried into Slavery where he remains some years. Redeemed: settles for a time in his native country, & afterwards removes to London. Committed to the Gate House as a Papist, & dies soon after his release in his Sixty-Third Year.
Published Dec.r 1.st 1810.
Engraving. Plate 260 x 202mm. 10¼ x 8".
Jeffrey Hudson (1619-1682) 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 considered one of the wonders of the age. He fought for the royalists in the civil wars and fled with the queen to France in 1644. Some years later, he was captured by some Barbary pirates and spent twenty-five years as a slave in North Africa before being ransomed back to England to live the rest of his life in poverty. See 17614.
See NPG: D28510.
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