As Mary, Queen of Scots, wearing a black grown trimmed with white fur, blue background, enamel, oval, 4.7cm, gold frame, the reverse engraved with a cipher against a brick-work ground.
Hannah Sophia (1702-1765) was the daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Chambers, a wealthy iron founder of Derby. This miniature was painted in 1725, a year after her marriage to Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter. The marriage restored the family fortunes, so depleted by the extravagant collecting of the Earl’s grandparents, the 5th Earl and Countess, in the course of four Grand Tours. Records show that Hannah Sophia led an unusually independent life, given the times in which she lived.