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Lt. General Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke, (1734-1794) after Sir Joshua Reynolds


Artist: Thomas Wilkes

Painted in Enamel, Signed on the obverse
Works in enamel by Wilkes are scarce

Henry was the son of Lt.-Gen. Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke and Mary FitzWilliam. He married Lady Elizabeth Spencer, daughter of Lt.-Gen. Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough and Hon. Elizabeth Trevor, on 12 March 1756. He was also reported to have been married on 23 March 1756.3 He died on 26 January 1794 at age 59.

He held the office of High Steward of Salisbury in 1750. He succeeded to the title of 10th Earl of Pembroke and 7th Earl of Montgomery, 7th Baron Herbert of Shurland and 10th Baron Herbert of Cardiff in 1749/50.

He gained the rank of Ensign in 1752 in the service of the Bland's Dragoons; Captain in 1754 in the service of the 1st Dragoon Guards; Lieutenant-Colonel in 1756 in the service of the 1st Foot Guards.
He held the office of Lord of the Bedchamber to King George III in 1756; .Aide-de-Camp to the Prince of Wales between 1756 and 1760; Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire between 1756 and 1780;. Lieutenant-Colonel between 1759 and 1762 in the service of the 15th Light Dragoons. He held the office of Lord of the Bedchamber to King George III between 1760 and 1763; Adjutant-General from 1760 to 1761; Major-General in 1761; commander of the Cavalry Brigade, Germany between 1761 and 1763;s Colonel of the 1st Dragoons between 1764 and 1794; Lieutenant-General in 1770; Lord of the Bedchamber to King George III between 1770 and 1780; General in 1782; office of Governor of Portsmouth between 1782 and 1794; Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire between 1782 and 1794.
More Information
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp. 6, 17 (#23) 67 (sitter # 4)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Vertical dent at the top of the enamel running to the top of the sitter's hair
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