John, 6th Earl of Exeter (1674-1721), Attributed to Charles Boit (1662-1727) circa 1710.

With a light-coloured full-bottomed wig, wearing a blue coat with gold clasps and a white jabot, enamel, oval 4cm, gold frame, the reverse engraved with a monogram ‘JE’ and an earl’s coronet.

On his father’s death in 1700, John inherited an extraordinary collection of paintings and works of art, which his parents, the 5th Earl and Countess, had amassed on four Grand Tours of the Continent. Unfortunately, the estate was heavily in debt as a result and he was able to do very little at Burghley during his two decades as holder of the earldom.

REFERENCE: MIN0052

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