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John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), Soldier and statesman

Sitter associated with 85 portraits
Rising to become a confidential agent of James, Duke of York, once James became King in 1685, Churchill pursued a distinguished military career, playing a major role in crushing the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion in 1685. He later deserted James II in 1688, and was rewarded with an earldom by William III. Marlborough's influence at court reached its height with the accession of Queen Anne, when promoted to Commander-in Chief of the allied forces, he achieved huge victories against the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. However, the increasing unpopularity of the war and his arrogance contributed to his dismissal in 1711. He eventually regained favour with the accession of George I in 1714.

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501

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

possibly by John Closterman, after John Riley
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1685-1690)
On display on Floor 1: Saloon at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 501

553

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, late 17th or early 18th century
NPG 553

5470

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1700
NPG 5470

1858

Unknown man, formerly known as John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1704?)
NPG 1858

5318

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough; John Armstrong

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1711-1720
On display in the Hall at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 5318

2005

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

studio of John Michael Rysbrack
marble bust, circa 1730
On display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2005

D31530

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31530

D31533

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D31533

D31534

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31534

D31543

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31543

D5209

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Unknown artist
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D5209

D5210

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Unknown artist
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D5210

D19728

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

published by Christoph Weigel
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19728

D16637

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
etching, 18th century
NPG D16637

D16648

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Christian Fritzsch
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D16648

D16649

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Christian Fritzsch
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D16649

D16650

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Unknown artist
etching, early 18th century
NPG D16650

D16651

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Adolf van der Laan, after Adriaen van der Werff
etching, early 18th century
NPG D16651

D16652

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by Unknown artist
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D16652