Possibly William Cavendish, 3rd Earl of Devonshire (1617 – 1684)
British (English) School
Inspite of the misleading inscription on the frame tablet, this portrait probably depicts William Cavendish (1617-1684), an identification corroborated by several other portraits from Hardwick showing the 3rd Earl at different ages. Although he was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Charles I in 1626, he wears neither the ribbon nor jewel of the Order. However, a portrait thought to portray the 3rd Earl a decade on, similarly shows him without his decoration.
Oil painting on canvas, Possibly William Cavendish, 3rd Earl of Devonshire (1617 – 1684), British (English) School, 1630s. Falsely inscribed top left: Gilbert Cavendish. A bust portrait, turned slightly to the right, gazing at spectator, dark curled shoulder-length hair, clean-shaven, wearing a brown slashed doublet and lace shoulder-collar.
In 1811 inventory; and thence by descent until, following the death of Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire (1895 - 1950), Hardwick Hall and its contents were accepted by HM Treasury in part payment of death duties and transferred to the National Trust, in 1959
Hardwick Hall, The Devonshire Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1959)
Marks and inscriptions
top left, Gilbert Cavendish
Makers and roles
British (English) School, artist previously catalogued as attributed to Cornelius Johnson (London 1593 - Utrecht 1661), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Daniel Mytens the elder (Delft c.1590 – The Hague 1648), artist