Marmaduke D’Arcy

Painted by John Weesop who was active during the wars. Marmaduke was a favourite of Charles II latterly and spent the 1650s in exile with his king in The low Countries, having previously fought with Lord Belasyse until the surrender of Newark. If you compare this portrait with the previous one of Sir Simon Fanshawe, Duke (as he was known to his friends) appears more the courtier than the practical soldier, with sumptuously embroidered sleeves, gilded fittings on his armour and lustrous silk scarf tied in a bow at the shoulder. One practical thing to note though is the knotted falling band, much the mark of a military man in the 1640s. Picture hangs in the Huntington Library in California


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