Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660-1744) [?] politician and courtier; wife of 1st Duke of Marlborough

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street

    A young woman reclines in the grounds of an impressive estate. Her red dress and pale pink skin form a striking contrast to the cool, dark colours of the landscape around her.

    The identity of the sitter in this work is uncertain. When the portrait was sold through Christie's in 1976 it was titled 'Portrait of a Lady, possibly Elizabeth, Duchess of Bridgewater'. The catalogue entry went on to explain that the work was '...previously called Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. There is a portrait of the sitter in a white satin dress at Woburn Abbey (no. 203) and another at Blenheim called Lady Anne Chuchill.'

  • About the artist

  • Explore
    People
    Churchill, Sarah (née Jenyns), Duchess of Marlborough
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660-1744) [?] politician and courtier; wife of 1st Duke of Marlborough
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 135.50 cm, width: 156.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 18 June 1976
    Provenance
    Collection of the Right Honourable John Francis Granville Scrope, Earl of Ellesmere, of Bridgewater House, Cleveland Square, St James's, London (and on loan to the Ministry of Works from 1961); sold by the trustees of the Ellesmere 1939 Settlement through Christie's, London, 'Important English Pictures' sale, on 18 June 1976 (Lot 117), as 'Portrait of a Lady, possibly Elizabeth, Duchess of Bridgewater'; from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
    GAC number
    12426