Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland (1640 – 1709)

Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680)
National Trust Inventory Number 129855

Category Paintings
Date circa 1662
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1880 x 1283 mm (74 x 50 1/2 in)
Place of origin England
Collection Knole, Kent (Accredited Museum)
On show at Knole, Kent, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland (1640-1709), by Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), circa 1662. A full-length, seated, portrait of the Duchess of Cleveland, facing the viewer, with her head resting on her right hand. She wears a silver-grey satin decollete dress, with a blue cloak which she holds on her lap with her left hand.

Provenance

Recorded in the 1706 inventory as a whole length of "Dutchess Cleveland", in the “Lester Gallery”; recorded in the 1799 inventory as “Dutchess of Cleveland 4 Lely”, in the Drawing Room next the Cartoon Gallery; recorded in the 1828 inventory, ibid. (No.437); purchased by the National Trust from the Sackville family in 1988 with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Credit line

Knole, The Sackville Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1988)

Marks and inscriptions

Bottom right, in yellow: BARBARA DUTCHES OF / CLEVELAND DAUGHTER TO / WILLIAM VILLIERS VISCOUNT / GRANDISON

Makers and roles

Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist

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