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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
This is a charming portrait of a handsome woman of mature years; mature she may be, but she is very aware of the high fashion of the time. The very latest hair style, the plunging neckline and of course, that hallmark of the Baroque, pearls.
The sitter is depicted within a feigned carved stone oval that was used often by Lely.
The sitter, her identity forgotten, has for years been known as 'The Irish Lady'...why so has also been forgotten!
SIR PETER LELY (1618 - 1680) was the most important portraitist in the reign of Charles ll, although he had painted portraits throughout the Commonwealth. Principal Painter to the King, he painted everyone of importance, maintaining a busy and active Studio to help with the huge demand for his portraits. Members of his Circle, and his Followers, many of them talented artists in their own right, emulated his style to supply this constant market.
|External Height||37.00 inch||(93.98 cm)|
|External Width||32.00 inch||(81.28 cm)|