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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.

Provenance: Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, nee Cecil, her will, proved 13th November 1690 (‘a picture of his Countesse sett in Gold in a Large Ovall by Cooper’), by whom given to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter.

Thence by descent.


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