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Frances Talbot (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Tyrconnel (formerly Lady Hamilton)

4 of 16 portraits on display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery

Frances Talbot (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Tyrconnel (formerly Lady Hamilton), by Samuel Cooper, circa 1665 - NPG 5095 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Frances Talbot (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Tyrconnel (formerly Lady Hamilton)

by Samuel Cooper
watercolour on vellum, circa 1665
2 7/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. (73 mm x 61 mm) oval
Purchased, 1976
Primary Collection
NPG 5095

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  • Samuel Cooper (1609-1672), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 109 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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'La Belle Jennings' was an elder sister of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and one of the reigning beauties at the court of Charles II, where it was said 'she gained the admiration of everyone and was almost alone among her competitors there in maintaining a reputation of chastity'. A contemporary biographer wrote of her that her features 'shoot a thousand arrows straight into the centre of the heart'. Jennings became the second wife of Richard Talbot de Malahide, Duke of Tyrconnel in 1681. The swagger mount to this miniature, probably Regency, is one of several of this type found on miniatures formerly in the Talbot collection at Malahide Castle.

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