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Elizabeth, Countess of Essex (1636-1718), Wife of 1st Earl of Essex

Sitter in 6 portraits
Elizabeth, Countess of Essex, was born Lady Elizabeth Percy. She was the fifth daughter of Algernon Percy, Earl of Northumberland, and his first wife, Anne, daughter of William Cecil, second Earl of Salisbury. Following the death of her brother Joceline in 1670, Elizabeth became the last heir of the Percy family. In 1653 she married Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex, and the couple had two children, a son and a daughter.

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Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex; Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1655-1660
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5461


Elizabeth, Countess of Essex and her children

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30528


Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

by John Goldar, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D30531


Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30532


Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

by Hall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1781
NPG D30529


Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

by Hall (probably Charles), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1781
NPG D17867

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