The Earls of Essex, their wives and children

Portrait of George Capel Coningsby, 5th Earl of Essex

George Capel Coningsby, 5th Earl of Essex (1757-1839)

Studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence

Oil on canvas 74 x 63.2 cm (29 1/8 x 24 7/8 in)

George Capel Coningsby was a major patron of the arts, taking Cassiobury to its zenith during the first decade of the 19th century. Immediately upon his becoming 5th Earl, he employed the architect James Wyatt to redesign Cassiobury House, incorporating Hugh May's earlier structure. He also hired Humphrey Repton to further develop the grounds.