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Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex (1670-1710), General

Sitter in 4 portraits
Algernon Capel was a soldier and a courtier, who served under William III as a general. He also sat in the House of Lords, and was Lord-Lieutenant first of Dorset then of Hertfordshire from 1692 until his death, a post which made him responsible for local militia. Capel also acted as Constable of the Tower of London, although both his father and grandfather had been locked up there. Capel's father was imprisoned in the Tower in 1683 on suspicion of involvement in the Rye House Plot, an attempt to kill Charles II and his brother James. Before he could be tried he was found in his cell 'dead and wallowing in blood', having presumably cut his own throat.

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Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (circa 1700)
On display at Royal Military School of Music, London
NPG 143


Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1705
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3207


Elizabeth, Countess of Essex and her children

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30528


Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1732
NPG D33105

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