James, Duke of York, (later James II) and Anne Hyde, Duchess of York
James, Duke of York, (later James II) and Anne Hyde, Duchess of York

AFTER SIR PETER LELY (worked from c.1800)

James, Duke of York, (later James II) and Anne Hyde, Duchess of York

c. 1765 Netherlands

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After Sir Peter Lely, Late 17th Century

(1618–1680)
James, Duke of York, (later James II) and Anne Hyde, Duchess of York
Chalk on paper
Image size: 8¼ x 10¼ inches
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Born in Soest in 1618, Lely trained in Haarlem before travelling to London in 1634. He had painted the children of Charles I in 1647, whilst the king was in custody during the Civil War. After the return of Charles II and the restoration of the monarchy, Lely was appointed Principal Painter to the king and
enjoyed a highly successful career at court, producing portraits of the leading figures of the day.


Lely produced a number of likenesses of the king’s brother, James Duke of York, and his first wife,
Anne Hyde, over several years. Commissioned by the Earl of Clarendon, this portrait was most probably painted after the marriage in 1660. This sketch, however, matches the composition of a
slightly later group portrait of the couple by Lely, which is held in the collection at the Petworth House.


Peter Lely would make a number of studies when preparing a composition. Indeed, according to Oliver
Millar, he was ‘a more prolific draughtsman, and made more preparatory studies in the course of his practice, than any other professional portrait-painter in London’. He clearly appreciated the value of drawings, whether as a commodity in themselves, or as a part of the artistic process.


Literature:
- Millar, O. Sir Peter Lely 1618-80, exhibition catalogue, 17th November 1978 – 18th March 1979.
Dimensions
Height 8.25 inch (20.95 cm)
Width 10.25 inch (26.03 cm)
Medium
Chalk on paper
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