Barbara Palmer (Villiers), 1st Duchess of Cleveland by Sir Peter Lely (Grafton Hall)

Barbara Palmer rests wearing a white satin dress in this Lely portrait. She had six children by King Charles, one of whom was Charlotte Lee by marriage to Earl Edward Lee of Lichfield, whose daughter, also Charlotte Lee, married into the Catholic Calvert family directly involved in the colony of Maryland on the East Coast of North America.

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Keywords:  Lely, British, Barbara Palmer, Villiers family, Duchess, mistress, Charles II, long straight coiffure, scoop décolletage, bertha, lace, split bodice, elbow length puffed sleeves, slashed sleeves, full skirt, necklace, earrings, earrings, clasp, wrap


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