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Portrait of Elizabeth, wife of William, 2nd Earl of Exeter (1566-1640), English School, circa 1650.

Oil on canvas, in a painted oval, 74.9cm by 61cm.

Elizabeth Drury was the Earl’s second wife. She was the daughter of Sir William Drury (1550-1590) of Hawstead Place, Suffolk. There were three daughters from the marriage and on the 3rd Earl’s death, the title passed to his nephew, David. The Countess, who appears here dressed as a widow, is also the subject of another portrait at Burghley, PIC098, which shows her at a younger age.

 

REFERENCE: PIC191

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