The Earls of Essex, their wives and children

Portrait of Lady Mary Bentinck, wife of Algernon Capel

Lady Mary Bentinck (1679-1726), wife of Algernon, 2nd Earl of Essex

Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller

Oil on canvas, feigned oval, 61.8 x 51.5 cm (24 x 20 1/4 in)

According to Lord Effingham, Lady Mary was '...one of the toasts of honour and re-nown of the famous Kit-Kat Club at whose re-unions her lord, Algernon Capel...was one of the most distinguished members'.