The Man from the Hornet introduces our semi-regular series on “Dandies” – as inspired by the Player’s cigarette card collection of 1932…
No.9 is The Duke of Buckingham, the great favourite of King James I.
Many a bar room historian will read in the phrase “great favourite” a euphemism to gild the fact that the pair of ‘em were at it like knives. And on that topic, the debate rages on. But there’s no arguing the style of the man.
In the illustration he wears his famous rose-coloured silk suit overspread with diamonds and valued at £80,000 in its day. We don’t get many of those these days down Kensington way.
Buckingham was also said to have the finest legs in the kingdom. You can judge that for yourselves at the National Portrait Gallery.