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Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry (1701-1777), Eccentric beauty and patron of writers

Sitter in 4 portraits
A famous beauty , the Duchess was one of the most celebrated women of her day. Her wit and fashion won her the friendship of literary men such as John Gay, William Congreve, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and James Thomson. Even her death was unusual; she reputedly died of a surfeit of cherries at the age of 76.

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Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

attributed to Charles Jervas
oil on canvas, circa 1725-1730
NPG 238


Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

by William Greatbach, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, published 1857
NPG D5570


Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

by Joseph Brown, after Mary Delany (née Granville)
line engraving, published 1861
NPG D5571


Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

by and published by Silvester Harding, after John Ogborne
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1810
NPG D14123

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