The painting on the ceiling of the Great Hall is allegorical, which means that each person in the painting is either wearing or holding something that has separate significance.
John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, is kneeling at the feet of Queen Anne who is shown dressed as Britannia, a female warrior who carried a trident and wore a helmet. She symbolises Great Britain or the British Empire. He is pointing to a plan of the Battle of Blenheim.
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Left is a portrait of John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, with his family. His wife, Sarah, is seated in the middle. The girl beside her wearing a green dress is Lady Henrietta, who became the 2nd Duchess of Marlborough.
The boy on the far right of the picture is their eldest son, the Marquess of Blandford, who died when he was young. This meant that the Dukedom passed to Henrietta.
The Great Hall houses a sculpture by Epstein of the 9th Duke of Marlborough, who is a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill. Epstein said he had trouble sculpting the Duke's hands.
This elegant lady on the far left is the 10th Duchess of Marlborough, grandmother of the present Duke.
On the left is the beautiful Consuelo Vanderbilt, the 9th Duchess of Marlborough and great-grandmother to the present Duke.
Consuelo and her husband were not in love. It was a marriage of convenience, and she brought great wealth to the family.
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