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Blenheim Park, taken from the road from Hopcroft Hospital

Blenheim Park, taken from the road from Hopcroft Hospital

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15545

Item number: f.130

Length: 19.1

Width: 27.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The Blenheim Estate was built as a national monument and given to the victorious military leader John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, by Queen Anne in gratitude for his defeat over Louis XIV in Germany in 1704. It was built on the lands of the former Royal Palace at Woodstock. Daniel Defoe, who visited Blenheim Palace in 1720, noted, "it is still a most charming situation, and 'tis still disputable after all that has been laid out, whether the country round gives more lustre to the building, or the building to the country". He also reported of "gardens of 100 acres of ground" and huge offices and outbuildings on the estate.

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