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Circle of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)
Circle of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)

Portrait of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, 1st Duchess of Cleveland (1640-1709), three-quarter-length, in a blue dress and pearl necklace, before a draped curtain

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Circle of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)
Portrait of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, 1st Duchess of Cleveland (1640-1709), three-quarter-length, in a blue dress and pearl necklace, before a draped curtain
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (122 x 92 cm.)

Lot Essay

The present picture relates to a known portrait type of the sitter by an artist working in Lely's studio (in a Private Collection, U.S.), perhaps after a lost original by Lely himself. The head is based on that in Lely's portrait of the sitter now in the Swindon Art Gallery.
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