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Anthony van Dyck: 'William Feilding, 1st Earl of Denbigh'

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William Feilding (about 1582 - 1643), created Earl of Denbigh in 1622, was the brother-in-law of the royal favourite George Villiers (created Duke of Buckingham in 1623), and held positions at court under James I and Charles I. He died from wounds received while fighting for Charles I in the Civil War.

From 1631-33 he visited Persia and India; the picture was probably painted soon after his return, and in commemoration of his journey. The Earl wears a silk Hindu or Indian jacket and pyjamas, and is shown hunting with an oriental servant, who points out a parrot in a palm tree.

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