Great Hall

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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Great Hall
Great Hall
1st Duke of Marlborough with his family (West Corridor)

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.


Sculpture of the 9th Duke of Marlborough

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.

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