© National Portrait Gallery, London
Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland
by William Faithorne, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1666
14 in. x 11 in. (356 mm x 280 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 11 1/8 in. (360 mm x 283 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 719 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
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Art and science
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