Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.

Portrait of a Lady, possibly Barbara Villiers c.1662; Circle or Studio of Lely.

c. 1665 England

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Oil on canvas in a carved and giltwood frame.

A beautiful portrait of a beautiful young woman; she regards us with a coolly provocative look. Her hand, raised to her head, was the acknowledged symbol for thought and consideration, especially of a fashionable 'melancholy' type. Melancholia was considered the sign of a sensitive, intelligent and poetic nature.
This was a pose much favoured by Lely, he used similar ones in several portraits of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, Duchess of Cleveland and long term mistress of Charles II,only the position of the head is different. See Image 7, painted in 1662 when Barbara was 22 years old, where she wears exactly the same clothes and jewellery as in this painting.

SIR PETER LELY (1618 - 1680) was the most important portraitist in the reign of Charles ll, although he had painted portraits throughout the Commonwealth. Principal Painter to the King, he painted everyone of importance, maintaining a busy and active Studio to help with the huge demand for his portraits. Members of his Circle, and his Followers, many of them talented artists in their own right, emulated his style to supply this constant market.
Old English Collection.
Dimensions
External Height 54.00 inch (137.16 cm)
External Width 44.00 inch (111.76 cm)
Stock Code
8923
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