A Miniature of William Cavendish, the future 4th Earl and Ist Duke of Devonshire, as a Young Boy, by John Hoskins (1590-1665).

Oval, in a rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame, 8.5cm. Signed with initials and dated 1644.

This charming miniature of William as a little boy of about four holding a puppy, came into the Burghley Collection by way of an immense bequest from his mother, Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her only daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

The bequest was recorded in a document known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, which includes: ‘A picture of the present Earle of Devonshire when a Child by Hoskins.’

William inherited as 4th Earl of Devonshire on the death of his father in 1684 and was elevated to the dukedom in 1694.


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