THE RENAISSANCE DUKE
Charles Lennox, second Duke of Richmond (1701-1750) was a true Renaissance man.
His interests ranged from art and architecture to gardening and natural history. He loved sport, in particular hunting and cricket; the earliest written laws of cricket were drawn up for a match between him and a neighbour. He was devoted to his wife and children who continually occupied his thoughts when he was away from them. His travels took him to the Continent on the Grand Tour and on regular visits to France to see his aged grandmother, Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth. He was a devoted public servant and courtier who loyally served King George II and took an active interest in politics as his extensive correspondence attests.
This small exhibition explores his relatively short life which was full of activity and achievements. His great friend, Lord Hervey, wrote during his lifetime: ‘There never lived a man of a more amiable composition; he was kindly, benevolent, generous, honourable, and thoroughly noble in his way of acting, talking, and thinking; he had constant spirits, was very entertaining, and had a great deal of knowledge’.