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Mary, Duchess of Beaufort (1630-1715), Wife of 1st Duke of Beaufort

Sitter in 2 portraits
Mary Capel married Henry Somerset in 1657; he was created the Duke of Beaufort in 1682. In around 1660, Somerset inherited the Badminton estate and embarked on a major building project there. Mary focused her attention on the gardens and by 1678 had started a new fashion by installing conservatories. She also built almshouses and Badminton School. In 1681, the Somersets bought a home in Chelsea, which they remodelled, and Mary once again redesigned the gardens.

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The Capel Family

by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
oil on canvas, circa 1640
NPG 4759


Mary, Duchess of Beaufort

by Joseph Nutting, after Robert Walker
line engraving, circa 1690-1722
NPG D30510