Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox

Frances Stewart, Duchess, Richmond, Lennox, England, Baroque, Turdor, costume,
Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox 1639

Frances Stewart, (1578-1639) Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, as a widow, after a lost portrait by Anthony van Dyck of 1633.

She was the daughter of a younger son of the Duke of Norfolk. An orphan of small fortune, she rose to be the only duchess at the court of James I of England.

Frances Stewart was one of the great beauties of the Jacobean court, she was also the patron of Captain John Smith of the Virginia Colony.

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