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damalk, the Paintings, which are well worthy of particular observation, are-A Holy Family, by Rubens; a Madona standing on a Globe surrounded by Angels, by Carlo Maratti; the Offering of the Magi, by Rubens; our Saviour blessing the Children, by Rubens ; Filial Affection exemplified in the Roman Daughter, by Rubens; Return of our Saviour from Egypt, by Rubens; Lot's Departure from Sodom, by Rubens, a present from the town of Antwerp; Paracelsus, by Ru. bens ; a Virgin, her head encircled with Stars, supposed the miraculous Conception, by Carlo Dolce; Raphael's Dorothea, by himself; Head of Rubens, by the same; Pope Gregory and a female Penitent, by Titian ; a Holy Family, by Ludovico Caracci.

The Blue Drawing Room,
Which has gilt ornaments to the blue damalk.

The Paintings are-Ifaac blefling Jacob, by Rembrandt; Catherine of Medicis, by Rubens; Time cut.. ting Cupid's wings, by Vandyck; William Marquis of Blandford, by Sir Godfrey' Kneller ; a Landscape, by Vandermeer; a Dutch Family, by Oftade ; a Land. scape, by Gaspard Poussin ; Dorothy Countess of Sunderland, celebrated by Waller, by Vandyck; another Landscape, by Gaspard Pouflin; a finall beautiful Fa. mily Piece, by Gonzales : à very fine Landscape, by Wovermans; Ladies Caroline and Elizabeth Spencer, by Romney; on the right of which are two Heads of young Women' by Paul Veronese; on the left our Saviour and St. John, by Carlo Dolce; the Woman taken in Adultery, by Rembrandt; our Saviour and the Virgin in the clouds, and a Monk worfhipping, hy Annibal Caracci; our Saviour and the Virgin in the clouds, &c. by Tintoret ; thirty Miniature Portraits in one frame; a Holy Family by Ludovico Caracci; Cattle and Figures, by Bambocchio.

The Winter Drawing Room. The Tapestry is a Representation of the Cardinal Virtues.

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Over the Chimney is a very fine. Portrait of Mary Duchess 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 a 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 Anné, 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 Veronefe. On the pannels near the windows are fax small Landscapes, by Wootton.

THE SALOON. This Room, which is nobly decorated, is proportioned to the magnificence of the rest. The lower part is lined with marble, which affords a cool retreat in the warmeft 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 midit 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 Bust of a Roman Consul.

Green Drawing Room.
The Tapestry represents more of John Duke of
Marlborough's Battles.

Over the neareft door to the Saloon, is a Portrait of a young Knight of St. John of Jerusalen, by Barrocio,

Over the opposite Door.
Meleager and Atalanta, very masterly, by Rubens.

On the pannel near the window next the Saloon, the Adoration of the Shepherds, by Lucca Giordano.

A Madona and Child, by Nic. Pouslin; 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; a Holy Family, by Nic. Poussin; 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 De.. fcription of the Battles of John Duke of Marlborough.

Over the Chimney. The present Duke of Marlborough, by Romncy; 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. I aurence distributing the Ornaments of the Altar, by Il Prete Genoese.

The State Bedchamber, Which is furnished with blue damak, with clegant 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 L I B R A R Y. From a series of smaller yet magnificent apartments,

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we are suddenly struck' at: entering this fuperb toon, which is 200 feet long, and 31 feet 9. inches wide in s the centre. The Doric pilasters of marble, with the complete columns of the same, 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 çaste 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 riųmber amounts to more than 24,020 volumes, which renders it che principal private collection in England.

At one end of the room is a highly-finished Statue of Queen Anne, by Ryfbrack, with this Inscription:

To the Memory of Queen ANNE,

Under whose Auspices
JOHN Duke of MARLBOROUGH

Conquered,
And to whose Munificence
He and his Posterity

With Gratitude
Owe the Poffeflion af BLENHEIM,

A. D. MDCCXXVI.

Over the marble Door is
A Bust of Milo Crotonienfis, by Wilton,

Over the left-hand Chimney is
A Bult of Charles Earl of Sunderland, who collecto
ed this Library

Over each Chimney are
Landscapes after Gafpard Poufin.

Over the right-hand Chimney is
A Buft of Charles Spencer Duke of Marlborough,
by Ryfbrack.

Ai che farther end of the room is A fine Greek Best of Alexander, in very good prefervation, or a Therm, designed by Sir William Cham. bers.

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And in this room are two antique Statues, of Diana and Julia Domna, on Mahogany Therms.

** The Whole-length PORTRAITS are,
King Williain the Third Queen Anne.
John Duke, and Sarah Duchess of Marlborough.
Charles Duke of Marlborough.
Elizabeth Duchess of Marlborough.
Francis Earl of Godolphin!
Anne Countess of Sunderland,
Elizabeth Countess of Bridgewater.
The Hon. John Spencer.

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 - Bowżwindows, from whence we have a delightful prospe& of the declivity defcending to the water, and the gradual'ascent of the groves which cover the opposite hill. ...DT),

N. B. In the Galleries of the Attic Story there is a large Collection of Family Portraits, by different Makers.

THE CHAPEL. 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 fons who died young, as supported, by Fame and History. Beneath, in a Balso-relievo, is the taking of Marshal Tallaid.

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

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