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Page 76. " the gallery of beauties at Hampton-Court "
Lady Mary Bentinck (1679-1726)
Public DomainLady Mary Bentinck (1679-1726) - Credit: Sir Godfrey Kneller

The Hampton Court Beauties are a series of portraits by Sir Godfrey Kneller, commissioned by Queen Mary II of England and depicting the most glamorous ladies from the court of William II.  They adorn the state rooms of King William III at Hampton Court Palace. 

A generation previously, Sir Peter Lely had been commissioned to depict the most beautiful ladies of the court of King Charles II of England, a series christened the Windsor beauties.  The Hampton Court Beauties are considerably plainer and less erotic than the Windsor Beauties, reflecting the changes at court. 

Isabella, Dutchess of Grafton
Public DomainIsabella, Dutchess of Grafton - Credit: Willem Wissing

There were 12 original Hampton Court Beauties. Those whose names and portraits survived through the years are:

Isabella Bennet, Duchess of Grafton (1667–1713)

Margaret Cecil, Countess of Ranelagh (1672–1727)

Carey Fraser, Countess of Peterborough (c.1658-1709)

Frances Whitmore, Lady Middleton (1666–1694)

Mary Scrope, later Mrs Pitt (born 1676)

Diana de Vere
Public DomainDiana de Vere - Credit: John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller

Diana De Vere, Duchess of St Albans (1679–1742)

Lady Mary Bentinck, Countess of Essex (died 1726)

Mary Compton, Countess of Dorset (1669–1691)