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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Frances Talbot (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Tyrconnel (formerly Lady Hamilton) (circa 1648-1731), Famous beauty; former wife of Sir George Hamilton, Comte Hamilton, and later wife of 1st Duke of Tyrconnel

Elder sister of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough; maid of honour to the Duchess of York 1664; married 1) 1666 George Hamilton (comte and maréchal du champ in the French service), an Irish Catholic officer (killed in 1676), [1] by whom she had three daughters; she became a Catholic 1668 and lived in Paris; although Charles II made her Countess of Bantry (I) in 1677, no patent was passed; married 2) 1681 as his second wife, Richard Talbot; in Dublin 1684-90; lady of the bedchamber to Mary of Modena at St Germain; returned to England and Ireland 1702; settled in Delft 1704; by 1708 she was in Dublin, where she died.

‘[she] had a complexion more dazzlingly fair than had ever yet been seen. Her tresses were a perfect blond … the turn of her face was delightful, and her bosom .. was of the same brilliance as her complexion .. she was all sparkling with wit and vivacity’ (comte de Grammont)

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1) His unattributed portrait c.1670 is NPG 1468, see D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 154-55; Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 275.

This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.