Archive for September 25th, 2012

September 25, 2012

The Elder Brother of the Duke of Devonshire

Sadly, lying dead. Painted by an unknown artist in 1638, this rather gruesome image probably acted as a remembrance of this unnamed brother and a memento mori to the rest of the family who presumably saw this painting on a daily basis. It’s another example of someone in their shirt only, very much like Sir John Eliot who was probably dead by the time his painting was finished. The poor lad is also wearing a linen cap and a falling band which may in this case be a permanent attachment to the shirt. This picture hangs in Hardwick Hall Derbyshire.