1759-1762 Caroline, Duchess of Marlborough by Sir Joshua Reynolds (private collection)

Her article in thepeerage is here.

British customs for portraits differed from the French - the Duchess of Marlborough dresses luxuriously, but casually, in this Reynolds from 1759-62. The Duchess is dressed retro with a criss-cross bodice and, especially, the big puffed sleeves and billowing plain cuffs-engageantes.

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