Circa 1732. With flowing brown hair, wearing a maroon coat and a lace jabot, sky background with a tree to dexter, enamel, oval 4.5cm, gold frame, the reverse engraved with cypher and inscription.
The 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) was one of Burghley’s two great collectors. He travelled to Italy on the Grand Tour in 1763 and 1768, where he acquired many important paintings, statuary and other works of art. At home, he commissioned many exceptional pieces of contemporary furniture and employed Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown for more than two decades to remodel the landscape surrounding the House.