Research indicates that Henrietta Godolphin was the daughter of the Duke of Marlborough. Her father was an army general. She married Francis Godolphin in 1678 and followed her f ather-in-law and husband into royalty. An act of Parliament made it possible to inherit English titles. She then became the Duchess of Marlborough. She bore five children during her lifetime.
Sadly, this portrait does not show the artist's signature. The painting may have been done in oil rather than watercolor. It shows a few tiny scratches which are exaggerated in our photographs. The glass covering the painting also creates reflections in the photographs.
There is a splendid engraving of the sitter's name and the date 1732 on the reverse.The portrait is attached to a newer seed pearl bracelet. it was originally used as a bracelet clasp.
The portrait measures 1 3/4 inches by 1 1/2 inch. It is 7 inches in length. It weighs 24.2 grams. It is an exquisite example of early English royalty painted to be shown as jewelry. It truly belongs in an outstanding collection of Georgian jewelry.
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