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George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608-1670)

Artist/Maker:
Davis, Edward __Engraver
Place Made:
London Great Britain
Date Made:
1679
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
HOA: 16 1/2″
LOA: 11 1/2″
Accession Number:
5690.2
Description:
Engraved portrait of George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle. Monck was born in Devon, England, in 1608 to a gentry family. The second son, he became a mercenary soldier, fighting in Spain and then Netherlands. Returning to England in 1638, he served along the Scottish border during the Bishops’ Wars and in Ireland during the Rebellion of 1641.

During the English Civil War he fought on behalf of Charles I, was captured by the Parliamentary forces, and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Following the defeat and death of Charles I, Monck cunningly joined the Parliamentary forces in their campaigns in Ireland and Scotland. Cromwell appointed him Governor of Scotland. Following Cromwell’s death he pivoted his support–and the troops under his command–to Charles II. In 1663, following his support of the restoration of the English monarchy under Charles II, he was named one of the eight Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

DESCRIPTION: Half length portrait of a man in a suit of armor with fabric draped around him with long hair standing before a landscape background, holding something in his left hand.

Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas A. Gray