Lord George Digby

 

 

A splendid Van Dyck portrait of Digby, painted around 1638. His contemporary Edward Hyde, later Earl of Clarendon, described Digby as “a graceful and beautiful person; of great eloquence and becomingness in his discourse, (save that sometimes he seemed a little affected,)… having an ambition and vanity superior to all his other parts, and a confidence peculiar to himself, which sometimes intoxicated, and transported, and exposed him”; he was “the only man I ever knew of such incomparable parts that was none the wiser for any experience or misfortune that befell him.”

 

For more on Digby, see also the portrait of him with his future brother-in-law in the HOME and The Licence of War  image galleries.