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Hampton Court Beauties

Hampton Court Beauty: Lady Mary Bentinck, c. 1700. Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller

The Hampton Court Beauties are a series of portraits by Sir Godfrey Kneller, commissioned by Queen Mary II of England, depicting the most glamorous ladies from the court of William III. They adorn the state rooms of King William III at Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court also houses the so-called Windsor Beauties by Sir Peter Lely, depicting the most beautiful ladies of the court of King Charles II of England, a generation before. The Hampton Court Beauties are of a plainer, less erotic style reflecting the change in opinion towards women towards the latter half of the seventeenth century.

The Hampton Court Beauties

Isabella Bennet, Duchess of Grafton (1667–1713),
Margaret Cecil, Countess of Ranelagh (1672–1727),
Carey Fraser, Countess of Peterborough (c.1658–1709),
Frances Whitmore, Lady Middleton (1666–1694),
Mary Scrope, later Mrs Pitt (born 1676),
Diana De Vere, Duchess of St Albans (1679–1742),
Lady Mary Bentinck, Countess of Essex (died 1726),
Mary Compton, Countess of Dorset (1669–1691)

See also

External links

  • Historic Royal Palaces: Hampton Court Beauties
  • : Hampton Court exhibition reveals damned beauties of Stuart eraThe Guardian
  • : Carry on, your majesty: Charles II and his court ladiesThe Independent
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