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During the early days of the marriage the besotted Duke had the ceiling of the portico of Blenheim painted with Gladys striking blue eyes alongside his own.
The 'Most beautiful woman in the world' finally return's to Blenheim Palace.
The treasured painting kept by a Duchess of Blenheim once described as 'the most beautiful woman in the world' through her declining years has finally returned to the Oxfordshire Palace 103 years after it was painted.
American Gladys Deacon married the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1921, five years after her portrait was painted in Paris by Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.
But the marriage became troubled and the Duke finally evicted Gladys from the Palace in the ealy 1930's, she then became an eccentric recluse, before finally ending her days in a psychiatric hospital.
When evicted Gladys took a few treasured possessions with her, including a statue given her by Rodin, and this glamorous portrait from her stunning younger days.