Search the Collection
George Capell-Coningsby, 5th Earl of Essex (1757-1839), Lord-Lieutenant of Hereford
Sitter in 7 portraits
Essex owned Landseer's The Cat's Claw (1824), a violent picture of a monkey burning a cat on a stove. Despite this patronage, Landseer does not hesitate to mock the Earl's girth and baldness. At the age of eighty, Essex caused a scandal by marrying the singer Kitty Stephens (aged forty-four), just three months after the death of his first wife.