Oil painting on canvas, Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland (1640-1709) by studio of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680). Full-length portrait of a young woman, seated, her head supported on her right hand, her right elbow supported on an orange drapery covered stone table with scroll legs, on the left. Her long dark hair falls over her right shoulder and on to the top of her left arm, She is wearing a white satin dress with a blue cloak which falls over her right knee, she has on a pearl necklace and a rope of pearls and grey satin bows around her breast. Dark red damask drape behind on the left and on the right a large garden urn and above it a distant view of trees and sky. There are a number of versions of this portrait, including one at Hinchingbroke, c.1664.
Acquired from 10th Lord Vernon in lieu of death-duties after the death of Francis Lawrance William Venables-Vernon, 9th Lord Vernon (1889 -1963) and transferred to the National Trust in 1967 through the National Land Fund
Marks and inscriptions
Studio of Sir Peter Lely
Makers and roles
studio of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist