Oval, on vellum, in a rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame, 5.4cm.
Signed with initials and dated ‘IH/1647.
The miniature appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, which records an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703): ‘a picture of the late Earle of Exeter in a black fframe’.
He was the father-in-law of Anne, who married his son and heir John in 1670.
The future 5th Earl travelled to the Continent on the Grand Tour on four occasions, often accompanied by his wife, and together they became the first great collectors at Burghley.