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Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill (1854-1921), Society hostess and writer

Sitter in 23 portraits
Lady Randolph Churchill was an American-born society figure, remembered chiefly as the mother of Sir Winston Churchill, British prime minister. She was heiress to a Wall Street fortune, and came to prominence as one of the first so-called 'buccaneers' to cross the ocean and set the trend of marrying into British aristocracy. In 1867 she and her two sisters were taken to Paris by their mother, and her education and introduction to society followed the manner of the European upper classes. In 1873 she met Lord Randolph Churchill, son of the Duke of Marlborough, and they were married the following year at the British Embassy in Paris. During the Boer War she raised money for and staffed and equipped a hospital ship, the Maine, which was active in South Africa. Her written works include: Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill (1908), two plays and Short Talks on Big Subjects (1916), a collection of articles.

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P499

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon)
albumen panel card, circa 1885
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P499

x197266

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

by Henry Van der Weyde
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197266

x20592

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon)
albumen cabinet card, circa 1885
NPG x20592

x199035

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

by Walery
carbon print, published May 1891
NPG x199035

Ax16177

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax16177

x134582

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG x134582

Ax41203

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill as the Empress Theodora, wife of Justinian

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 17 July 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41203

x139891

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

by Unknown photographer
silver gelatine printing-out paper print, 1902
NPG x139891

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