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George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol

George Digby (1612-77) married Anne Russell, daughter of the Earl of Bedford, in 1632. He was elected MP for Dorset in 1640 and created Baron Digby in 1641. An ardent Royalist during the Civil War he fled to France and served in the French army. He was appointed secretary of state by Charles II in 1657, but converted to Catholicism and lost favour. He was also a poet and playwright. This portrait is datable to c.1638-9.

Currently on display

Artist
Sir Anthony van Dyck
Date
c.1638
Location
Gallery 2
Dimensions
103.2 x 83.2 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG170
Notes
Adopted by Peter Bowring, 1993