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GAY HISTORY: Portrait of King James’s Gay Lover Resurfaces

George Villiers

A lost portrait of King James’s rumoured gay lover has been found after more than 400 years. The portrait, by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, was rediscovered hanging in a property in Glasgow, where it had been assumed it was a copy.

However the painting, was verified to be real by antiquities expert Dr Bendor Grosvenor during BBC Four show Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. The painting shows George Villiers, widely believed to have been one of the male lovers of King James VI and I, who ruled from 1567 to 1625 and is best known for commissioning the King James Bible.

By Nick Duffy – Full Story at Pink News


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