A pair of white marble busts, by Pierre-Etienne Monnot (1657-1733.

Busts of John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700) and Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703); he modelled as a Roman emperor, signed P.S. MONNOT.F.ROM/1701, height 68cm, width 65cm.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: ‘the dining room, 4 George room……2 Mahog’y fluted stands with Busts white Marble. Heads of J’hn 5th Earl of Exeter & his Lady.’

The 5th Earl bought several other marble sculptures from Monnot and commissioned a spectacular tomb for the couple to be placed in the family Church of St. Martin’s in Stamford.


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