[Monument to John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham]Dubius, Sed no Improbus Vixi [...]
Engraving sheet 265 x 205mm (10½ x 8"). Folds; trimmed to plate top edge.
Engraving of the marble monument to John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1647-1721) in Westminster Abbey, designed by Denis Plumiere and sculpted by Laurent Delvaux and Peter Scheemakers. The various inscriptions on the monument are transcribed below. The monument shows Sheffield reclining, with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Buckingham, mourning beside him. Above, the figure of Time carries medallions of their children (who died before their parents, and were moved to the Abbey from St Margaret's Westminster where they were originally buried, to be with their father). Sheffield fought against the Dutch in the navy, and was also a man of letters who was friends with Pope and Dryden, and whose own works were mentioned in Dr Johnson's 'Lives of the Poets'. He built Buckingham House on the site of the current Buckingham Palace.
For a portrait of Sheffield see ref. 11795.
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