Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

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Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by John Michael Wright, circa 1670 - NPG 5497 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1670
48 3/8 in. x 52 3/8 in. (1228 mm x 1330 mm)
Purchased, 1982
Primary Collection
NPG 5497


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Barbara Villiers was a skilful manipulator of her image and was frequently portrayed. Wright depicts her as a shepherdess, a guise that may reflect her role in a court masque.

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