#5. Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron of Mount Edgcumbe (1680-1758), 1740.

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Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron of Mount Edgcumbe (1680-1758), 1740, 127 x 101 cm. Destroyed.

Richard Edgcumbe, son of Sir Richard Edgcumbe, became, at 22 years old, MP from Plympton where he served for 32 years. He was a reliable ally to long-serving British prime minister Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745). Edgcumbe married in 1715 but was a widower six years later. Reynolds’s painting was destroyed by bombing in World War II.

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Richard Eliot (1733-1746), 1743-44, 48.2 x 43 cm, Private Collection.

The attentive young subject is a midshipman in the British navy.