John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough; John Armstrong

1 portrait on display in the Hall at Beningbrough Hall

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough; John Armstrong, by Unknown artist, circa 1711-1720 - NPG 5318 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough; John Armstrong

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1711-1720
91 in. x 77 in. (2311 mm x 1956 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5318


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This portrait shows the Duke of Marlborough, Commander-in Chief of the armed forces, with his chief engineer John Armstrong. Marlborough employed Armstrong in 1704 and was so impressed by his skill that he quickly promoted him. This portrait commemorates Armstrong's success at the siege of Bouchain in Flanders, in 1711. In one night Armstrong constructed a battery that destroyed the enemy's fortifications the next day. Marlborough expressed his gratitude by commissioning this portrait, which shows Armstrong holding a plan of Bouchain.

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