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1. Study Source A What can you learn from source A about Henrietta Howard? Source A is a portrait of Henrietta Howard, painted by Charles Jervas for Alexander Pope. This suggests that the portrait was of reasonably high value if a great poet like Pope had the portrait painted specially for him. This also infers that Henrietta must have been of a high status if she had gained her place as one of the fascinations of the poet/satirist and the subject of some of his poems. The fact that the portrait was painted by Charles Jervas also suggests that Henrietta Howard must have been a popular lady of a high status and great importance considering that the artist was one of the most prolific and sought after portrait painters of his day. Kings, Queens, ladies and gentlemen of high society and many famous poets and writers sat for him, and he succeeded Sir Godfrey Kneller as the portrait painter to George I and then George II. This highlights his importance and is also a sign of the value of the painting which was probably quite high as it was painted by an important artist for an important poet, of an important and fashionable Lady. Her pose is an important aspect of the portrait because it is not one which a woman would have been expected to hold. ...read more.

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3. Study sources D and E. How useful are these sources in helping you to understand why Henrietta Howard and Marble Hill House were seen as a social centre for wealthy, artistic and powerful people in the 18th century? In some ways, some of the sources are very useful in helping to understand why Henrietta Howard and Marble Hill House were seen as a social centre for wealthy, artistic and powerful people in the 18th century. Firstly, source D is a drawing of Marble Hill drawn by Augustin Heckell. This is suggesting that Marble Hill must have been quite important for someone to go and draw it, as not everyone's home attracts artists to draw it and has famous drawings of it. It could also convey that Henrietta Howard had a high social status and was in her own right, a fashionable person, which was the reason why people were so interested in her home. The drawing shows the gardens of Marble Hill as well as the house, suggesting that they were just as important as the house. It shows the modes of transport which people used - by boat and by horse and carriage. These could suggest that traveling by river was just as important as by road. The view and landscape of the house is very beautiful, and the river Thames was a very fashionable place to live. ...read more.

Conclusion

She describes herself as dull, because she is missing him so much which is contrasting to what Pope said in his poem about her perfection She tells him that her nephews and nieces flatter her all day and that she loves flattery, but this also is ironic because Pope said in his poem that her worst fault was not being able to be flattered. This again suggests that she is trying to think positively about herself to pass her time at Marble Hill, because she doesn't expect any better. In some ways this source is not very useful because firstly they are a secondary source as the letters have been collected together by someone. This means that we only get a part of the picture because we have been given selected evidence to look at which can be misleading. The drawing of Marble Hill is of some use to us but we cannot make accurate enough judgements from one picture, others are needed to support its evidence and interpret its accuracy. In conclusion, sources D and E are quite useful in helping us to understand why Marble Hill and Henrietta Howard were seen as a social centre for wealthy, artistic and powerful people in the 18th century because they provide evidence as to why for example the Palladian architecture which may have attracted people. But in other ways the sources are not so useful because they have been selected and could be misleading. ...read more.

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