The Earls of Essex, their wives and children

Portrait of Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex

Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex (1670-1710)

Follower of William Wissing

Oil on canvas laid on panel 56.5 x 44.2 cm (23 1/8 x 17 1/5 in)

Like his father before him, Algernon was Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and acted as Constable of the Tower of London, where ironically both his father and grandfather had been imprisoned. Not everything we read about Algernon is complimentary: for example, he was said to be 'the lewdest young man in town', as quoted in Burke's Complete Peerage.