John Jones after George Romney
Caroline, Duchess of Marlborough
15 x 24 inches
A full-length mezzotint portrait of Caroline, the Duchess of Marlborough; engraved by John Jones after Romney and published in London in 1792.
In this striking study the Duchess stands in a rural landscape resting her left elbow on an imposing stone plinth. She is dressed in a flowing, almost Grecian, gown; low cut and informal with a stole draped around her neck. The classical illusion is reinforced by a rotunda in the distance behind the plinth. The landscape, however, remains both resolutely English and expansive reminding us of the landed wealth and political power of the Blenheim Estate and Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.