Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady

MARY BEALE (1633-1699)

Portrait of a Lady

c. 1670 England

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Portrait of a Lady, bust length, draped in a blue cloak with gold coloured trim over a white chemise under a classical style russet coloured overdress, her head turned slightly sideways wearing a pearl earring. The portrait is set within a feigned oval stone catouche decorated with fruit and foliage. Oil on canvas in a giltwood frame. Circa 1670.

Dimensions: 76.5 x 63.5cm (30 x 25in)

Mary Beale (born Craddock in March 1633) was a prolific English portrait painter, becoming one of the most important portrait painters of the middle classes in 17th century England and has been described as the first professional female English painter. She was born in Barrow in Suffolk where her father was a rector and married Charles Beale in 1651. She possibly studied under Robert Walker but later was chiefly influenced by Lely who was a friend and whose work he allowed her to sometimes make copies of. Her most active period was the 1670's and early '80's. Her husband kept very detailed notes of her studio activities and the notebooks for 1677 and 1681 survive, found at The Bodleian Library, Oxford and The National Portrait Gallery, London, respectively, and Vertue publishes partial transcripts of others. Her style was often characterised by the feigned stone oval cartouche with fruit as in this portrait. She died and was buried in London in October 1699.
Private collection, England
Ellis Waterhouse ' The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters' 1988
Walsh and Jeffree 'The Excellent Mrs Mary Beale' 1975/6
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Oil on canvas in a giltwood frame
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