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

Oval 8cm, within a 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, in recognition of his four Grand Tours.

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’. The previous entry having been: ‘a picture of the late Earle of Exeter in a black fframe’


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