The Earls of Essex, their wives and children

Portrait of Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex (1631-1683)

Circle of Sir Peter Lely

Oil on canvas laid on panel 58.3 x 41 cm (22 7/8 x 16 3/8 in)

Arthur's early education was curtailed by the Civil War but he appears to have been self-taught in Latin, mathematics, and, in the words of John Evelyn 'was very well vers'd in English historic and affaires, industrious, frugal, methodical, and in every way accomplish'd'.