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BLENHEIM CASTLE, the Seat of His Grace
the Duke of MARLBOROUGH,
DITCHLEY, that of the late Earl of Litch:
HEYTHROP, of the Earl of SHREWSBURY,
NUNEHAM, of the Earl of HARCOURT.
Stow, that of the Marquis of BUCKINGHAM.
TAPESTRY, PAINTINGS, GARDENS,
THE Castle of BLENHEIM, the seat of His
Grace the Duke of MARLBOROUGH, is fituated West of Woodstock, a Market and Borough Town, about feven Miles and a half from Oxford.
From the Town we enter the Park through a fpacious Portal of the Corinthian Order; from whence a noble Prospect is opened to the Castle, the Bridge, the Lake with its Valley, and other beautiful scenes of the Park. The House in particular, which we furvey from this Point obliquely, is probably no where viewed to greater advantage.
The Front is 348 Feet from Wing to Wing, and consists of a variety of Architecture, designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. On the Pediment of the South. Front towards the Garden is a noble Busto, larger than the Life, of Louis XIV. taken from the Gates of Tournay.
We enter the House on the East, through a Portal built in the Style of Martial Architecture, on the top of which is a Reservoir, which supplies the House with Water from the River. This leads us into a
Quadrangle chiefly consisting of Arcades and offices. From hence we pass into the grand Area,
Through the superb Portico elevated on massy Columns we enter
THE HALL. THIS magnificent Room is of the Height of the House, and of a proportionable Breadth. It is lupported by Corinthian Pillars.
Over the Door going into the Salon. A Buft of John Duke of Marlborough.
Two Statues in Bronze, viz. The Venus of Medicis, and the Faun, both from the Originals in Marble, in the Duke of Tuscany's Collection at Florence, and executed by Max. Soldani Benzi, at Florence, 1711.
Above, upon the Right and Left, are several Marble Termini, with two excellent Statues of a Nymph and a Bachanal.
The Ceiling, painted by Sir James Thornhill, allegorically reprefents Victory crowning John Duke of Marlborough, and pointing to a Plan of the Battle of Blenheim.
The Bow-Window Room. OVER the Chimney is a capital original Picture of the Virgin and Child, St. John and St. Nicholas, by Raphael.
This Picture was brought over by Lord Robert Spencer, Brother to the present Duke of Marlborough, having been purchased by him in 1768 from the Capella degli Anfidei at Perugia.
Over the three Doors, A Battle Piece, by Wovermans-A St. Jerome, by Giorgioni. - Naked Women by Schiavone.
In the pannel to the left of the Chimney is a Head after An. Caracci, by Sir Hofhua Reynolds.-A Head i of Anne Countess of Sunderland, by Sir Godfrey Knel
ler.-The Affumption, by Tintoret. - A Woman's Head, by Rubens.-Monkies in Monk's Habits, by Teniers.--A Madona, by Lionardo da Vinci.
The Tapestry in this Room represents the Battle of Blenheim, and other Battles of the Duke of Marlborough
The Duke's Dressing Room. OVER the Chimney, Charles Earl Sunderland,
by Sir Godfrey Kneller. A Field Marshal,
by Nic. Casana. An Academy Figure, by Vandyck. Esther and Ahasuerus, by Paulo Veronese. Anne Duchess of York, Louise Renée, Duchess of Portf- by Sir Peter Lely.
mouth, Two Landscapes,
by Wooton. The Inside of a Church,
by Steenwyck. The Bones found in the Wilderness, by Old Frank. The Circumcision of Our Saviour, by Rembrandt. A very fine Holy Family, ,
Over the Doors.
by Titian. The East Drawing Room. OVER the Door going in from the Dressing-Room, is a Holy Family—The Duchefs of Buckingham and her Children by Vandyck.–The Marchionis de Havre, and Mary of Medicis by Vandyck.--An oval Portrait of King William III. by Sir G. Kneller.---A French Camp, by Watteau.—The Anunciation, by Corregio. -A Landscape, by Paul Brylle.-An oval Portrait of the Queen Mother, by Vandyck. -- Philip the IId King of Spain, by Titian. -A very capital Bachanalian