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Unknown woman, formerly known as Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

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Unknown woman, formerly known as Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough, by Michael Dahl, circa 1700 -NPG 712 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Unknown woman, formerly known as Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

by Michael Dahl
circa 1700
29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. (749 mm x 629 mm) oval
NPG 712

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As Piper observed, the identification of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, is not convincing, but the head may be compared with that of Dahl's Jane, Countess of Clarendon [1] in the Clarendon collection, which Gibson also compared with Dahl's Elizabeth, Countess of Sandwich, in Birmingham Art Gallery (P24.57). [2]

Footnotesback to top

1) R. Gibson, Catalogue of Portraits in the collection of the Earl of Clarendon, 1977, no.34; J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, pl.41d.
2) Illus. Paintings, Birmingham Art Gallery, 1960, pl.19a.

Referenceback to top

Collins Baker 1912
C. H. Collins Baker, Lely and the Stuart Portrait Painters, 1912, II, p 99 as Marlborough.

Nisser 1927
W. Nisser, Michael Dahl, 1927, cat. p 29, no.96b pl.xx as Marlborough.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 220 called Marlborough.

Provenanceback to top

Gen. Sir Charles Hastings Doyle KCMG (1804-83); Christie's, 7 March 1884, lot 84 as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Kneller, bought Henry Graves, from whom purchased 1884.

Exhibitionsback to top

Beningbrough 1992-.


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.

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