William Feilding, 1st Earl of Denbigh

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1599 - 1641
Full title
William Feilding, 1st Earl of Denbigh
Date made
about 1633-4
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
247.5 x 148.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Count Antoine Seilern, 1945
Inventory number
Location in Gallery