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Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

(1701-1777), Eccentric beauty and patron of writers

Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 4 portraits
A famous beauty , the Duchess was one of the most celebrated women of her day. Her wit and fashion won her the friendship of literary men such as John Gay, William Congreve, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and James Thomson. Even her death was unusual; she reputedly died of a surfeit of cherries at the age of 76.

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Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry, by and published by Silvester (Sylvester) Harding, after  John Ogborne - NPG D14123

Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

by and published by Silvester (Sylvester) Harding, after John Ogborne
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1810
NPG D14123

Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry, by William Greatbach, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D5570

Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

by William Greatbach, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, published 1857
NPG D5570

Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry, by Joseph Brown, after  Mary Delany (née Granville) - NPG D5571

Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry

by Joseph Brown, after Mary Delany (née Granville)
line engraving, published 1861
NPG D5571

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