House in which George Villiers, 2d. Duke of Buckingham Died,At Kirkby Moorside Yorkshire.
Published by John Cole,_Scarborough, 1824.
Lithograph, scarce, image 180 x 125mm. 7 x 5". Lacking some margin.
George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687), statesman and dramatist. The son of James I's favourite, Buckingham fought for the royalist side during the Civil War and was exiled, but he later returned to England and married the daughter of the parliamentarian General Fairfax, in the hope of regaining his lands. At the Restoration he was favoured by Charles II, helped to engineer the downfall of Clarendon and became a member of the Cabal. Famous for his intrigues and immorality, he seduced the Countess of Shrewsbury and killed her husband in a duel in 1668. Described as 'one of the worst men alive', he was eventually dismissed from office in 1674. He wrote a number of witty satirical comedies.
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