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Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

(1649-1734), Mistress of Charles II

Sitter in 15 portraits
Louise de Kéroualle came first to England from France in 1670 as a maid of honour to Charles II's sister, the Duchess of Orleans. She returned to become the King's mistress in 1671, with the encouragement of the French government, who hoped she would be a diplomatic asset. Created Duchess in 1673, she bore Charles one son, Charles, Duke of Richmond, and exercised some influence at court, but was generally unpopular for her nationality and religion. John Evelyn noted her 'childish, simple and baby face'.

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Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, published by Jean Mariette - NPG D40384

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

published by Jean Mariette
etching, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D40384

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Étienne Baudet, after  Henri Gascar - NPG D40383

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Étienne Baudet, after Henri Gascar
line engraving, circa 1673
NPG D40383

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Edward Davis (Le Davis), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30506

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Edward Davis (Le Davis), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1678
NPG D30506

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Edward Davis (Le Davis), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D9283

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Edward Davis (Le Davis), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1678
NPG D9283

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D3939

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679 (circa 1671)
NPG D3939

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D30507

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D30507

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Isaac Beckett, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D19582

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D19582

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Edward Scriven, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D30504

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Edward Scriven, after Samuel Cooper
stipple engraving, published 1810
NPG D30504

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Charles Edward Wagstaff, published by  Colburn & Bentley, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D15200

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, published by Colburn & Bentley, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple and line engraving, published 1 December 1831
NPG D15200

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