Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter (1701-1754), by Christian Friedrich Zincke, (1685-1767).

With a white wig, wearing a blue coat and a lace jabot, enamel, oval 4.8cm, gold frame with engraved reverse.

This miniature was painted in 1725, a year after the Earl’s marriage to Hannah Sophia, the daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Chambers, a wealthy copper founder of Derby. The marriage restored the family fortunes so depleted by the extravagant collecting of the Earl’s grandparents, the 5th Earl and Countess, during four Grand Tours, thus ending several years of austerity at Burghley. The Earl himself proved to be an enthusiastic collector, particularly of Meissen porcelain.


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