Memoirs of the Beauties of the Court of Charles the Second, with Their Portraits, After Peter Lely and Other Eminent Painters, Illustrating the Diaries of Pepys, Evelyn, Clarendon, and Other Contemporary Writers

Memoirs of the Beauties of the Court of Charles the Second, with Their Portraits, After Peter Lely and Other Eminent Painters, Illustrating the Diaries of Pepys, Evelyn, Clarendon, and Other Contemporary Writers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...stirred up his choler, " Go, you blockhead l" said she, "never fight again in such a cause, nor risk your carcass but in defence of truth." The King laughed heartily, when he heard the story, and complied with the lady's request, when she desired a place for her coach;man.--En. N ought against either, and both seemed secure-She in her virtue, he in his hauteur." Loni) BYRON. IN the reign of Charles the Second, there were three Duchesses of Somerset: it has therefore been a matter of some difficulty to appropriate the beautiful picture in the gallery at Vindsor to its true original. The first of these ladies was Frances, widow of William second Duke of Somerset; more celebrated by the title of the Marquis of Hertford---he who eloped with Lady Arabella Stuart in the reign of James the First. She died, very old, in 1679. The second was Sarah, wife of John fourth Duke of Somerset; the daughter of a physician, and the widow of George Grimstone, Esq. The prints and pictures of this Duchess bear no resemblance to the picture known at Vindsor as the Duchess of Somerset, neither is she mentioned in the Court Chronicles of the day: her fame rests upon a far different basis, ---that of a foundress of lllI1S--houses and a benefactress of colleges. She died, at a very advanced age, in 1692. The third duchess (Lady Elizabeth Percy) did not bear that title till 1682, and the picture in question must have been painted before that time. This, however, is not a conclusive argument. According to Horace /Valpole, and others, Sir Peter Lely died suddenly, in 1680, while painting a portrait of the "beautiful Duchess of Somerset: " now there could have been no other beautg'f"ul Duchess of Somerset alluded to, except...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236978285
  • 9781236978288