Lady Elizabeth Chaplin, née Cecil, eldest daughter of Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter, by Gervase Spencer (1715-1763).

Signed with initials and dated 1758, with brown hair tied with a blue bow, wearing a white dress edged with blue, a Van Dyck collared chemise, enamel, oval, 4.3cm, gold frame, the reverse engraved with initials.

Lady Elizabeth (1729-1813) was a favourite sister of Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter. He always entrusted her to ‘keep an eye’ on things at Burghley whilst he was absent, particularly on his two Grand Tours of 1763 and 1768, leaving her with extensive instructions for all possible eventualities during his absence!


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