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Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

2 of 34 portraits of Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, (circa 1700) - NPG 3634 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (circa 1700)
41 5/8 in. x 34 3/4 in. (1058 mm x 884 mm)
Purchased, 1948
Primary Collection
NPG 3634


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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1682 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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The Duchess wears at her waist, the golden key of the Keeper of the Privy Purse.

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Current affairs

The sudden death of Prince William, son of Princess Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, triggers a succession crisis. His birth had secured the succession of the crown to a Protestant, safeguarding the throne from any future claim by James II's Catholic son, James Francis.

Art and science

Dramatist, William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World premieres at Lincoln's Inn Theatre, receiving a mixed reception. It would achieve greater literary acclaim in modern times. Poet, John Dryden, dies and is buried in Geoffrey Chaucer's grave in Westminster Abbey.

International

Diplomat and poet, Matthew Prior, secretly negotiates with Louis XIV, king of France, a second partition treaty concerning the Spanish Empire. However, following the death of Spanish ruler, Carlos II, the agreement collapses since neither Spanish or Austrian governments accept the treaty's proposals.

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