Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland

Standard Name: Portland, Margaret Bentinck,,, Duchess of
Used Form: Lady Margaret Harley (later Duchess of Portland)

Connections

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Cultural formation Mary Delany
In Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes, 2011, Lisa L. Moore classified MD , along with the Duchess of Portland , Anna Seward , and the American Sarah Pierce (1767-1852), as lesbian-like women...
death Elizabeth Elstob
EE died in her seventies, after nearly twenty years as a dependent of the Duchess of Portland .
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
Education Elizabeth Montagu
Elizabeth was well-schooled along with her brothers and her sister. Commentators make much of the contribution supposedly provided by their step-grandfather, Cambridge scholar Conyers Middleton ; but in letters to her sister and to the...
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Ottoline Morrell
LOM was always especially proud of the fact that the Bentincks were descended, though not actually from the seventeenth-century writer Margaret Cavendish , Duchess of Newcastle (who had no children), at least from the family...
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah Scott
The fame of SS 's elder sister, Elizabeth , later eclipsed her own. They enjoyed a very close relationship while they were growing up. Their nickname the two Peas suggests how they were regarded as...
Friends, Associates Hannah More
Here she began to gather the circle of friends which by the end of her long life had touched every cranny of English society. She had already met Edmund Burke in Bristol the previous September...
Friends, Associates Mary Delany
As an unusually talented woman moving in fashionable and high-culture circles, the future MD knew almost everybody of interest during her lifetime, including literary celebrities. She was a good friend of the Bluestocking group, and...
Friends, Associates Mary Delany
Back in England in her second widowhood, MD was a frequent visitor to her lifelong, very close friend the Duchess of Portland . The duchess, an amateur scientist of unusual talent and achievement, brought MD
Friends, Associates Margaret Bingham, Countess Lucan
She was a well-known figure in London cultural circles, particularly that of the Bluestockings. Charles Burney called her at-home evenings blue conversazioni's and Horace Walpole called them quite Mazarine-blue. Others specifically mentioned in...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Montagu
Elizabeth Robinson (later EM ) became a friend of Lady Margaret Harley (later Duchess of Portland ), who was seven years her senior.
Climenson, Emily J., and Elizabeth Montagu. Elizabeth Montagu, The Queen of the Bluestockings. Her Correspondence from 1720 to 1761. John Murray, 1906.
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Friends, Associates Elizabeth Montagu
Elizabeth Robinson (later EM ) spent long periods of time with the Duchess of Portland and her husband in London and at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire.
Climenson, Emily J., and Elizabeth Montagu. Elizabeth Montagu, The Queen of the Bluestockings. Her Correspondence from 1720 to 1761. John Murray, 1906.
1: 49, 97-8
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Montagu
The Duchess of Portland , friend of EM and the Bluestockings, and patron of art and literature, died.
Blunt, Reginald, and Elizabeth Montagu. Mrs Montagu, "Queen of the Blues", Her Letters and Friendships from 1762 to 1800. Constable, 1923.
2: 191-2
Myers, Sylvia Harcstark. The Bluestocking Circle: Women, Friendship, and the Life of the Mind in Eighteenth-Century England. Clarendon, 1990.
28, 32-44, 102-3, 267
Gentleman’s Magazine. Various publishers.
55 (1785): 575
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Delany
She began using the new technique in 1772. The idea of the collection dates from 1774, but she included in it a few representations made before that. She titled the volumes Plants copied after Nature...
Occupation Elizabeth Elstob
Having abandoned her plan for running a girls' boarding school, EE took up her post as governess to the Duchess of Portland 's very young children.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Feminist Companion Archive.
Publishing Sarah Dixon
SD reveals her gender in her preface merely by her use of pronouns. Her motive for publishing was a dire need of money. An unnamed benefactor in her family supplied the need, but she decided...

Timeline

1734
The Society of Dilettanti was founded: an all-male group of travelled connoisseurs.
24 April 1786
The auction began of the Portland Museum, the collection of rarities in natural history collected by the late Duchess of Portland , with help from the botanist Daniel Solander .