|Thomas Starling. Drawings of annual guild days of Norwich, England, ca. 1706
The first Duke of Marlborough was one of the most successful generals in English history. Never defeated on the battlefield in any major engagement, his greatest triumphs came on the European continent during the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714). There he managed coalitions with great diplomatic skill and fought effectively with allies at Blenheim (1704), Ramillies (1706), Oudenarde (1708), and Malplaquet (1709). This contemporaneous drawing depicts Marlborough pursuing a retreating foe. The epigram "Arma Virumque Cano" (of arms and the man I sing) is a quotation from Virgil's Aeneid.
Wash drawing. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (4)
Forebears and Family