British School, 18th century, oil on canvas three-quarter length portrait of Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, married name Barbara Palmer or Countess of Castlemaine (1640-1709) and Royal Mistress of King Charles II, who bore several of his illegitimate children. Depicted wearing an elaborate feathered hat, pearl earrings and necklace, a Roman styled grey and red military dress and a pink satin drape. Housed in a Neoclassical style gilt wood frame. Sight – 29 1/4" H x 23" W. Framed – 42 1/4" H x 36" W. Includes a book about Villiers. Provenance: Private Knoxville, TN Collection. CONDITION: Canvas relined, overall light craquelure. Blacklight reveals some inpainting on shoulder and vertical line on chest as well as scattered inpainting on red sleeve and white ruffles. See photos.
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