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Over the Chimney is a very fine Portrait of Mary Dachess of Richmond, and a Girl presenting her gloves, by Vandyck.
Over the doors, Lord Stafford and his Secretary, and Mrs. Killegrew and Mrs. Morton, by Vandyck.
The Dining Room. Over the door going in from the Drawing-Room is & capital Piece of Cattle and Figures, by Castiglione ; a Bacchanalian Piece by Vandyck; Lot and his Daugh. ters, by Rubens, given by the Emperor; Queen Anne, whilft Princess of Denmark, by Sir Godfrey Kneller ; Venus and Adonis, by Rubens, given by the Emperor Joseph I. ; the present Duke, Duchess, and fix Children, by Sir J. Reynolds; the Rape of Europa, by Paul Veronese. On the pannels near the windows are fix small Landscapes, by Wootton.
THE SALO O N. This Room, which is nobly decorated, is propor. tioned to the magnificence of the reft. The lower part is lined with marble, which affords a cool retreat in the warmest weather.
The several compartments represent the different Na. tions in their various habits and modes of dress, by La Guerre.
The Ceiling is emblematic, representing John Duke of Marlborough in the midst of his Victories stopt by Peace, and Time reminding him of the rapidity of his own Flight, painted also by La Guerre.
Over the right-hand Chimney, as we enter from the Hall, a Buft of Carracalla. Over the other, a Buft of a Roman Consul.
Green Drawing Room. The Tapefry represents more of John Duke of Marlborongh's Battles.
Over the nearest door to the Saloon, is a Portrait of a young Knight of St. John of Jerufalem, by Barrocio.
Over the opposite Door.
On the pannel near the window next the Saloon, the Adoration of the Shepherds, by Lucca Giordano,
A Madona and Child, by Nic. Poussin; a Garland of Flowers, with Figures in the middle, by Rottenhammer.
On the Pannel opposite this are, The Offering of the Magi, by Lucca Giordano; - Holy Family, by Nic. Poullin; a Garland of Fowers, with Figures in the middle, by Rottenhammer; a highly finished Picture of her Grace the Duchess of Marl. borough, by Romney,
State Drawing Room. The Tapestry continues to represent the farther Description of the Battles of John Duke of Marlborough.
Over the Chimney. The present Duke of Marlborough, by Romney; a capital Painting upon Black Marble, by Allesandor Veronese.
Over the first door is a Fruit Piece, by Lucca Giordano.
Over the opposite door, St. Laurence distributing the Ornaments of the Altar, by Il Prete Genoese.
Tbe State Bedchamber, Which is furnished with blue damalk, with elegant gilding, has on the Chimney a Buft of Diana, over which is a very capital Picture of Seneca bleeding to death, by Lucca Giordano.
On a pannel to the right are, A Portrait of King Edward VI. by Holbein ; a View of Architecture, by Panini ;' the Burning of Troy, by old Frank.
Over the doors. Two Pieces of Still-life, by Maltese.
THE LIBRARY. From a series of smaller yet magnificent apartments,
we are suddenly struck at entering this superb room, which is 200 feet long, and 31 feet 9 inches wide in the centre. The Doric pilasters of marble, with the complete columns of the fame, which support a rich entablature, the window frames, the surrounding basement of black marble, and the stuccoed compartments of the vaulted ceiling, are in the highest taste both of design and finishing. It was originally intended as a gallery for paintings; but the late Duke adding utility to elegance, furnished it with a noble collection of books, made by Lord Sunderland, his Grace's father. Their number amounts to more than 24,000 volumes, which renders it the principal private collection in England,
At one end of the room is a highly-finished Statue of Queen Anne, by Rysbrack, with this Inscription :
To the Memory of Queen ANNE,
Under whose Aufpices
A. D. MDCCXXVI.
Over the marble Door is
Over the left-hand Chimney is A Bust of Charles Earl of Sunderland, who collection ed this Library
Over each Chimney are Landscapes after Gaspard Poufin.
Over the right-hand Chimney is A Buft of Charles Spencer Duke of Marlborough, by Ryfbrack.
At the farther end of the room is A fine Greek Buit of Alexander, in very good preservation, on a Therm, designed by Sir William Cham. bers,
And in this room are two antique Statues, of Diana *and Julia Domna, on Mahogany Therms.
The Whole-length PORTRAITS are,
The Right Hon. Lady Georgiana Spencer, now Countess Cowper.
John Duke of Montagu.
Before we leave this Gallery, I must direct the Spectator to its Bow-windows, from whence we have a delightful prospect of the declivity descending to the water, and the gradual ascent of the groves which cover the opposite hill. *N. B.`In the Galleries of the Attic Story there is a large Collection of Family Portraits, by different Masters.
THE CH A P E L. This is one of the wings; in which is a superb Monument to the memory of the first Duke and Duchess, by Rysbrack. They are represented with their two sons who died young, as supported by Fame and History. Beneath, in a Ballo-relievo, is the taking of Marshal Tallard,
The Altar-piece is Our Saviour taken down from the cross, by Jordaens of Antwerp.
THE GARDENS Include a great variety of ground. The descent on the south-west fide; the extent and beauty of the water ; the grandeur of the opposite bank, the cascade, the new
bridge and lower piece of water, form an affemblage of great and beautiful objects in no other place to be met wich.
The ground on the south-east is a happy contraft to the south-west fide: the Gardens here seem to lose themselves in the Park, amidst a profusion of venerable oaks and intersected avenues, from whence they derive an air of moft'indeterminate extent, which is very pleasing. Lastly, the beautiful plain in the front of the Houfe, and the picturesque effect of the Village rilling out of the Wood below, call for our attention.
These Gardens have been considerably enlarged, and thrown into the form they now wear, hy the present Duke, who has likewise farther beautified them by the addition of some judicious and well-placed ornaments; particularly the Temple of Diana, and an elegant little temple in what is called the Flower Garden : 'To which we may add two noble Bronzes, and some copies of Antique Vases, in stone.
T H E PARK Is eleven miles in circumference, and contains many delightful scenes. The lover of rural variety will be entertained here with every circumstance of beauty 'which he can expect from diversified nature ; from hill and valley, water, and woods.
The pleasure-grounds have lately received a confiderable improvement and enlargement, by throwing a neat Chinele bridge over the lake, near the cascade ; and inclofing and laying down, in the most elegant ftyle, a pretty large tract of the opposite hill. In this delightful spor several grottos are so naturally introduced, that art scarcely appears.' But the most capital object is a magnificent fountain, a present to John Duke of Marlborough; which, after lying neglected for many years, has been recently erected in the vale, near the eastern limits of the new improvements. On one side of this fountain is the subsequent Latin inscription ; and on the