Sarah Jennings, the subject of this portrait had a close childhood friendship with Princess Anne. In 1673, she entered the household of Anne's father, the Duke of York, to serve Princess Anne's stepmother. It is likely the portrait was painted during her time of servitude. In 1677, Sarah became Duchess of Marlborough when she married John Churchill. Peter Lely, (Dutch born English, 1618-1680), "Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough as a Girl", ca. 1690, Oil on canvas, Gift of Arthur I. Appleton
Agnès Sorel, known by the sobriquet Dame de beauté, was a favourite mistress of King Charles VII of France, by whom she bore three daughters. She is considered the first officially recognized royal mistress.