The Hono:ble Collonel Robert Fielding.
Mezzotint with large margins. Plate 342 x 254mm (13½ x 10").
Robert 'Beau' Fielding (c.1651-1712), the English bigamist and rake of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was known as a handsome womanizer at the royal court of Charles II. He came from the Warwickshire gentry, and made his mark at Court through the immense expense of his wardrobe; hence his soubriquet Handsome or Beau Fielding. He ran through the fortune of his wife, and turned Catholic to ingratiate himself with James II. In 1705 he was at the centre of a celebrated scandal, when he married two women in the same month, one for her fortune (though in this he was tricked) and the other (the Duchess of Cleveland, the former mistress of Charles II) for her title. When the truth emerged, the Duchess prosecuted him for bigamy, and he only escaped thanks to a royal pardon.
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