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An early 19th century portrait miniature of Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon (1741-1811) known as The Lord Porchester, painted in watercolour on ivory

£ 3,500

Artist: William Wood

Henry was a British Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1768 to 1780 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Porchester. He served as Master of the Horse from 1806 to 1807 in the Ministry of All the Talents headed by Lord Grenville.

Herbert was the son of Major-General the Honourable William Herbert (c. 1696 - 31 March 1757), fifth son of Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke. His mother was Catherine Elizabeth Tewes (d. 28 August 1770). Educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge, he inherited Highclere Castle from his uncle the Honourable Robert Sawyer Herbert in 1769.

Lord Carnarvon married Lady Elizabeth Alicia Maria Wyndham, daughter of Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, on 15 July 1771. They had five sons and one daughter:

Taken just two years before he passed, this is a powerful miniature depicting a tender gentleman.
More Information
Year                 1809
Country                 Cork Street London
Signed                 Signed on reverse DEDO/ by/ Wil: Wood of/ Cork Str./Lond/ 1809
Literature                 Foskett pg.s 344 and 384 -387
Basil Long, p. 466
Heath, opp p. 164, 169
Foster, p. 71
Condition                 Good
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