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Elizabeth Smith-Stanley, Countess of Derby was an English peeress, popular among society and considered a leader of fashion. Five years after her marriage, Lady Derby embarked in a public affair with the Duke of Dorset. She eventually separated from her husband, which caused a scandal and led to her effective exile from society. Lady Derby moved abroad, only returning once her husband attracted embarrassing press for his public relationship with actress Elizabeth Farren, whom he later…

Elizabeth Smith-Stanley, Countess of Derby was an English peeress, popular among society and considered a leader of fashion. Five years after her marriage, Lady Derby embarked in a public affair with the Duke of Dorset. She eventually separated from her husband, which caused a scandal and led to her effective exile from society. Lady Derby moved abroad, only returning once her husband attracted embarrassing press for his public relationship with actress Elizabeth Farren, whom he later…

Dorothy Townshend (Walpole) was born on 18 September 1686 at Houghton Hall. Based on rumours that she was caught in an affair with Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton(a well known ladies man)[peacock term] before her marriage to Charles and never told him, she is said to have been possibly locked up in Raynham Hall before a mock funeral took place. She is alleged to be the identity of The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall and supposedly haunts Houghton Hall, and Sandringham House as well

Dorothy Townshend (Walpole) was born on 18 September 1686 at Houghton Hall. Based on rumours that she was caught in an affair with Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton(a well known ladies man)[peacock term] before her marriage to Charles and never told him, she is said to have been possibly locked up in Raynham Hall before a mock funeral took place. She is alleged to be the identity of The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall and supposedly haunts Houghton Hall, and Sandringham House as well

By Angelica Kauffmann: Portrait of Lady Georgiana, Lady Henrietta Frances, and George John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1774), not long before Georgiana's marriage to the duke of Devonshire.

By Angelica Kauffmann: Portrait of Lady Georgiana, Lady Henrietta Frances, and George John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1774), not long before Georgiana's marriage to the duke of Devonshire.

Elizabeth I., circa late 1590s. Possibly one of the portraits done for distribution, with Her Majesty's approval. So popular and in demand  were her portraits, Elizabeth permitted mass production of her image, for the people.

Elizabeth I., circa late 1590s. Possibly one of the portraits done for distribution, with Her Majesty's approval. So popular and in demand were her portraits, Elizabeth permitted mass production of her image, for the people.

Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome (1854-1921)  was one of three pretty daughters of financier Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara.  She married Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the Duke of Marlborough.  She had two children, Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, and John.  She had many affairs during her marriage, including with King Edward VII.  After her husband died, she married a man as young as her sons, which was very shocking for the time. She subsequently married an even younger…

Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome (1854-1921) was one of three pretty daughters of financier Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara. She married Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, and John. She had many affairs during her marriage, including with King Edward VII. After her husband died, she married a man as young as her sons, which was very shocking for the time. She subsequently married an even younger…

Marguerite de Valois aka Reine Margot, daughter of Catherine de Médicis, sister of Henri III and wife of Henri IV.

Marguerite de Valois aka Reine Margot, daughter of Catherine de Médicis, sister of Henri III and wife of Henri IV.

Marie Antoinette was born an archduchess of Austria, and was queen of France from 1774-1792. Married Louis-August, who later became Louis XVI.

Marie Antoinette was born an archduchess of Austria, and was queen of France from 1774-1792. Married Louis-August, who later became Louis XVI.

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