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

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Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, (circa 1702) - 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 1702)
41 1/2 in. x 35 in. (1054 mm x 889 mm) overall
Purchased, 1948
Primary Collection
NPG 3634


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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1679 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

William III dies and is succeeded by Anne, his sister-in-law, the second daughter of James II and Anne Hyde. Committed to the Church of England and swayed towards Tory values, the queen would enjoy considerable popularity. The general election sweeps the Tories to power in a landslide victory.

Art and science

Writer, Daniel Defoe, publishes the Shortest Way with the Dissenters. The pamphlet is considered critical of the Anglican Church and Defoe is eventually arrested for seditious libel and briefly imprisoned. The Daily Courant, Britain's first daily newspaper consisting of one page with two columns, is printed by Edward Mallet.

International

Admiral George Rooke overwhelmingly defeats a French squadron escorting a Spanish silver fleet from South America, at the naval Battle of Vigo Bay. In the War of the Spanish Succession, John Churchill, Captain-General of the Forces, forces the French to withdraw from the River Maas.

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