You can see how Sargent used his composition to complement the Reynolds painting. Both women are central figures. The ninth Duke, instead of seated is on a lower step to give the mother a more central commanding presence.
Here, you can see how the painting hangs in the room at the Blenheim Palace. Sargent's painting faces the 4th Duke by Reynolds (not seen) on the opposite/facing wall.
By: Natasha Wallace
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