The Earls of Essex, their wives and children

Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Percy, wife of Arthur Capel

Lady Elizabeth Percy (1636-1717), wife of Arthur Capel

Sir Peter Lely

Oil on canvas 97.5 x 82.8 cm (38 1/2 x 32 1/4 in)

On 18 April 1680, when John Evelyn visited Cassiobury, he observed that Elizabeth '...is a wise, yet somewhat melancholy woman, setting her heart too much on the little lady her daughter, of whom she is over fond'.