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17th Century English Portrait Of A Lady By Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680)


"17th Century English Portrait Of A Lady By Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680)"
A 17th century English portrait of a lady by Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), half length in a painted feigned oval, wearing a green silk dress with a chestnut colored cloak over one shoulder, her blond hair curled in the fashionable style of period ringlets.
Oil on canvas in an English giltwood 'Lely' frame.

We are grateful to Diana Dethloff and Catharine MacLeod (who are currently working on a Lely catalog raisonné) for their confirmation of Lely as an artist from the photographic analysis of this previously unidentified early work.

Provenance:
Nottingham Private Collection until 2021
Mellors and Kirk Sale December 2000, lot 1173

The sitter is likely to come from an upper class or aristocratic background in court circles, which were the main source of patronage of Lely. The simple composition serves to highlight the sitter's beauty by portraying her pale cleavage and complexion, against the soft gaze of her blue eyes, the soft blush of her cheeks and plump red lips.

Peter Lely (1618-1680) was originally of Dutch descent and became the King's Principal Painter in 1661, following in the footsteps of Van Dyck who died in 1641. He dominated the portraiture scene in England for over 20 years, creating a distinctive "court look" in his work that had a strong influence on many other artists. He had a hugely successful and popular portraiture practice, which meant that he had to quickly develop production methods that could meet the high demand for portraits, as well as copies and versions of them that were given as gifts. to family and courtiers. The use of studio assistants was common practice for busy artists, and like Van Dyck, Lely is known to have used specialist assistants to execute particular parts of his paintings. Artists who worked in Lely's studio included John Baptist Gaspars, who specialized in painting draperies, William Wissing, John Greenhill, Thomas Hawker and Joseph Buckshorn.

Literature: Catharine Macleod 'Peter Lely, the practice of portraiture and the creation of a court look', from 'Painted Ladies, Women at the Court of Charles II', 2001. RB Beckett, 'Lely', English Master Painters, 1951.
Price : $21,000
Artist : Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680)
Period: 17th century
Style: Baroque
Condition : Good, ready to hang condition

Material : Oil on canvas
Width : 83cm (33in)
Height : 96cm (38in)

Reference : 907
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