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Frances, Countess of Exeter, nee Manners, by Samuel Cooper (1609-1672), circa 1646.

Her mid brown hair falling to her shoulders and adorned with a pearl clip, wearing a low-cut cream gown and a pink drape held by a pearl-set jewel, sky background, oval 8cm, gold frame with scroll surmount.

Frances Manners (c.1630 – c.1663) was the first wife of the 4th Earl of Exeter and mother of the 5th Earl, sometimes styled the Travelling Earl.

The miniature appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule which records an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter: ‘a picture of his Countesse sett in Gold in a Large Ovall by Cooper’.


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