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Mary, Duchess of Beaufort

(1630-1715), Horticulturist; wife of 1st Duke of Beaufort; daughter of 1st Baron Capel

Sitter in 2 portraits
Mary Capel married Henry Somerset in 1657; he was created the Duke of Beaufort in 1682. In around 1660, Somerset inherited the Badminton estate and embarked on a major building project there. Mary focused her attention on the gardens and by 1678 had started a new fashion by installing conservatories. She also built almshouses and Badminton School. In 1681, the Somersets bought a home in Chelsea, which they remodelled, and Mary once again redesigned the gardens.

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The Capel Family, by Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen) - NPG 4759

The Capel Family

by Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)
oil on canvas, circa 1640
NPG 4759

Mary, Duchess of Beaufort, by Joseph Nutting, after  Robert Walker - NPG D30510

Mary, Duchess of Beaufort

by Joseph Nutting, after Robert Walker
line engraving, circa 1690-1722
NPG D30510


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