Portrait of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper
Portrait of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper
Portrait of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper
Portrait of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper
Portrait of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper
Portrait of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper

Circle of ENOCH SEEMAN (c.1694-1744)

Portrait of William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper

1725 to 1740 England

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This striking portrait exudes great elegance and style. Sensitively painted and well observed it portrays the essence of the sitter’s amiable character. The subject is William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper (1709-1764) - a British peer and courtier, Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, and Lord of the Bedchamber to George II. He was the eldest son of William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper, and Mary Clavering and he succeeded his father in the earldom in 1723 at the tender age of just 14. He first married Lady Henrietta, daughter of Henry de Nassau d'Auverquerque, 1st Earl of Grantham, in 1732. Considering the age of the sitter when the portrait was painted and the attire it is plausible that the portrait was painted to mark this occasion.

In 1744 he was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, he held this post for the remainder of his life, and after Lady Henrietta’s death in 1747 he married Lady Georgiana Caroline, daughter of John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (a cousin of King William III of England), in 1750. He was also godfather for George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer – a forebearer of Diana, Princess of Wales.

His son a was a Member of Parliament and as his heir he amassed a valuable art collection and became a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire having spent much of his time in Italy. Having petitioned King George III on more than one occasion for the Order of the Garter, he had ambitions to be the British representative in Florence and it is noted that he tried to increase his favour with the King by offering him Raphael’s self-portrait and his ‘Madonna and Child’ (which sold in 1928 for £175,000) for £2,500.

Held in a very attractive high quality carved giltwood frame dating from the 18th century - a work of art in itself.
Very good
Dimensions
External Height 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
External Width 86.00 cm (33.86 inches)
External Depth 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
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