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Portrait of Henry, 10th Earl and 1st Marquess of Exeter (1754-1804), with his wife, Sarah and their daughter Lady Sophia Cecil, Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A. (1769-1830).

Oil on canvas, 228.6cm by 143.5cm.

Sarah Hoggins was the second wife of Henry, Ist Marquess of Exeter, (before his elevation to the Marquessate). She became known as the Cottage Countess, as she was the daughter of a farming family, with whom Henry fell in love, whilst living simply in the Shropshire countryside under an assumed name. Their romance was recorded in the poem, ‘The Lord of Burleigh’, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

REFERENCE: PIC 093

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