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Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk
An eventful but uneven life
1689 - 1767

Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk

Friend of King George II

Although she was married to the Earl of Suffolk, Henrietta Howard was also a good friend King George II. The King helped her to buy some land by the river Thames in Twickenham. She built Marble Hill House on the land.

She separated from her first husband and then he died, but she still kept the title, Countess of Suffolk. She married again but after a few years her second husband died too.

Marble Hill in 1749. Engraving by Mason after a drawing by Augustin Heckell

Lady Suffolk had lots of friends including the famous poet Alexander Pope. She held parties for her friends at Marble Hill House.

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