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Our Favourite Queen Anne cameo

22 January 2019 by Charlotte

The cameo portrait of Sarah Churchill

Have you seen the new blockbuster film The Favourite? Featuring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, the film is loosely based on the true story of the Queen’s romantic relationship with Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Malborough, and later, her cousin Abigail, Baroness Masham.

Coleman has already won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance and the film is tipped to win big at both the Baftas and Oscars where in each case it leads the award nominations.

The Guardian describes the film as ‘a souped up and sweary quasi-Restoration romp full of intrigue and plotting – with wigs, clavichords and long corridors to storm down’ and I can’t wait to see it!

If you’ve seen it, or even if you haven’t, you might be interested in visiting the Lady Lever Art Gallery where you can see a small cameo portrait of Sarah Churchill.

If you can’t make it to the gallery, you can read more about Queen Anne, Sarah and Abigail as part of our online project Pride and Prejudice, which brings together art and social history items with an LGBT+ connection.

What do you think of the film?



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