University Collections of Art and History

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Catalog Number 2008.9.167
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service made for George Keppel, the 3rd Earl of Albermarle (1724-1774), an army officer and politician.

Keppel entered the army in 1738, and through his friendship with William, Duke of Cumberland and son of King George II, advanced quickly. He was one of Cumberland's aides-de-camp during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, which was an attempt to restore the Catholic Stuarts to the throne of Britain. Keppel saw action at the pivotal battle of Culloden, which effectively ended the uprising, and he personally brought news of the victory to George II. He was also active during the Seven Years War (1756-1763), capturing Cuba from the Spanish in 1762.

In addition to his military career, Keppel also served as a member of Parliament and was a supporter of the Whig party. Keppel married Ann Miller (1743-1824) in 1770, and they had one son who succeeded George to the Earldom. Keppel also had two sons by his mistress. He died in 1772.

Albermarle County, Virginia, was named for William Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albermarle.
Year Range from 1755
Year Range to 1760
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Gift of H.F. Lenfest and Beverly M. DuBose III
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery
Gallery ID Number 2169