Portrait of Sarah Jennings Duchess of Marlborough
1660-1744 by Godfrey Kneller

Portrait of Sarah Jennings 
Duchess of Marlborough
1660-1744
by Godfrey Kneller

This portrait hung at Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire, from 1848 until 1949.

It was purchased by James Stamford Caldwell from a Mr Owen.  Mr Owen had purchased it shortley before hand as lot 365 from the sale of the Contents of Stowe House, formally the property of the Duke of Buckingham.  It is noted as being given by the Duchess to Mr Craggs.

In 1925 this portrait was listed by Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell as hanging in the Drawing Room of Linley Wood as follows: "Portrait of Sarah Jennings Duchess of Marlborough, wife to the great Duke.  A friend of Queen Ann.  The picture was painted by Godfrey Kneller by desire of the Duchess for presentation to Mr Sec Scraggs.  Purchased at Stowe."

This portrait was sold in the Sotheby auction of 2 November 1949 as one of two portraits in lot 89 described as follows: "School of Van Dyck.  Half-length portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, in brown dress with lace collar and cuffs, standing by a table.  Kneller.  Three-quarter length Portrait of Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, in blue and white dress.  Both from the Stowe Park sale."

There are a number of copies of this portrait in existence including one at Petworth commissioned by the 6th Duke of Somerset (he married Elizabeth Percy, the heiress of Petworth).

If anyone on the web knows where this portrait now hangs, I would be very interested to hear from you.  Please contact me at jj@jjhc.info

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