Oil on canvas, oval, 73.7cm by 61cm.
Painted for the Honourable Order of Little Bedlam; acquired circa 1688-90 by John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700), as a fellow member of the Little Bedlam Club. Verrio (1636-1707), is shown with a porcupine at his side, his animal avatar for the Club. He spent more than a decade at Burghley painting walls and ceilings for the 5th Earl.
1688 Inventory, p. 53, addendum written in 1690: “1 picture of Sigr Verrio no fframe by Kneller.”