A rumour arose in London society that EG
was to marry the Marquess of Blandford
, heir to the Duke of Marlborough
Gantz, Ida. The Pastel Portrait. Cresset Press.
The duchess was also grandmother of Blandford
(heir to the Duke of Marlborough
), with whose name that of Elizabeth Gunning had been damagingly linked. Her patronage presumably did something to salvage the reputations of...
Material Conditions of Writing
They had been commissioned to this work in 1816 by the Duke of Marlborough
(then still Marquess of Blandford). He had bought the estate of Whiteknights just outside Reading (now the site of Reading University