John, 5th Earl of Exeter, by Peter Cross, signed with initials and dated 1677.

The Earl is depicted three-quarters dexter, with long chestnut coloured hair, wearing half armour, with gold brocade sleeves and a white lace jabot. The 8.6cm oval is set within a gilt frame with scroll surmount.
John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700), succeeded his father in 1678. In 1670 he had married Lady Anne Cavendish (1648-1703), widow of Charles Rich and daughter of William, 3rd Earl of Devonshire, brother of Colonel Charles Cavendish. The miniature was part of an enormous bequest from the Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne; the 1690 Deed of Gift recording: ‘A picture of the present Earle of Exeter sett in Gold Large Ovall by’ (sic).


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