Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, nee Cecil, wife of the 3rd Earl of Devonshire, by John Hoskins (1590-1665), signed and dated 1644.

Her chestnut-coloured curled hair adorned with pearls, wearing a pale rose dress with a white chemise, a ruby jewel at the corsage, and a gold edged white drape, cave background with landscape to sinister, oval 7.1cm, rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame.

Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689) willed the entire contents of her private suite of rooms at Chatsworth to her daughter Anne, wife to the 5th Earl of Exeter; an exceptional bequest, which is known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule or Deed of Gift.

REFERENCE: MIN0016

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