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Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, after Lely
  • Attributed to Richard Gibson (1615 - 1690)
  • Attributed to D. Gibson (active between: 1656 - 1658)
    After Peter Lely (1618 - 1680)
  • Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, after Lely
  • England
  • Late 17th century
  • Miniature
  • Painted on vellum
  • Image size: 9.4 x 7.7 cm
    Frame size: 9.9 x 8.4 cm
    Overall size: 12.2 x 8.4 cm, with hook
  • M32
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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Further Reading
  • Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, was a noted court beauty. In 1659 she married Roger Palmer, later Earl of Castlemaine, although by the following year she was the mistress of Charles II, to whom she bore five children. She was created a Lady of the Bedchamber to Catherine of Braganza in 1662 and Duchess of Cleveland in 1670.

    The miniature derives from a portrait by Lely painted in c. 1664, which exists in several versions (e.g. Knole, National Trust). The diagonal parallel striations in the painting of the flesh tones suggests an attribution to Richard (1615-1690) or David Gibson (active 1656-1658).