A Portrait of William, 3rd Earl of Devonshire (1617-1684), by Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680).

Oil on canvas, 124.5cm by 99cm.

The earl was the father of Anne, wife of John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700).

His wife’s bequest on her death in 1689 to their only daughter, comprised the entire contents of her private suite of rooms at Chatsworth and represented a magnificent inheritance.

This was recorded in an inventory referred to as The 1690 Devonshire Schedule or Deed of Gift.

The 1690 Deed of Gift: ‘Oyle Colour pictures…A picture of the late Earle of Devonshire in a Carv,d fframe.’


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