Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, nee Cecil, by Samuel Cooper, signed and dated 1642.

Rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame, 15.5cm high, 11.7cm wide, 1.5cm deep.

Lady Elizabeth Cecil (1619-1689), second daughter of William, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, married in 1638/9 William, 3rd Earl of Devonshire (1617-1684). In her will she bequeathed a number of miniatures to her daughter Anne, who had married, in 1670, John, 5th Earl of Exeter. This group provides the nucleus of the Burghley House Collection.

The present miniature is the earliest recorded signed and dated miniature by Samuel Cooper.

Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, née Cecil, her will, proved 13th November 1690 (‘A picture of the late Countess of Devonshire by Cooper in white‘), by whom given to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter.

Thence by descent.


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