A Miniature of Charles II, as a young boy, Studio of John Hoskins (1590-1665), circa 1640.

An oval, on vellum, set within a rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame, 8.3cm.

The prince is depicted at the age of ten, wearing the sash of the Order of the Garter.

The miniature came to Burghley as part of an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689) to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

The bequest was recorded in an inventory known as the 1690 Deed of Gift or Devonshire Schedule, which lists: ‘A picture of King Charles the second when a Child by Hoskins.’


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