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Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarin, the niece of Cardinal Mazarin, Chief Minister of France, was the fourth of the five famous Mancini sisters noted for their great beauty, who along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the 'Mazarinettes'. The English ambassador to France, Ralph Montagu, enlisted her help in increasing his own standing with Charles II, by replacing the King's current mistress, Louise de Kerouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth.
oil on canvas
H 66 x W 45 cm