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The Hon. Charles Cavendish, when Asleep, Attributed to Mary Beale (1633-1699).

Oil on canvas, 60.5cm by 60.5cm.

Charles Cavendish, who died young, was the brother-in-law of the 5th Earl of Exeter. The painting, which may have been commissioned as a memento mori, came to Burghley as part of the huge bequest to his wife Anne, Countess of Exeter from her mother, Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire: 1690 Devonshire Schedule: “Oyle Colour pictures….A picture of Mr Charles Cavendish in a Guilt fframe by Rommee”.

1763 Inventory: “the North Dressing room….a head of Mr. Charles Cavendish drawn after his death”.



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