Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey
Portrait of Lady Lane Carey

MARY BEALE (1633-1699)

Portrait of Lady Lane Carey

c. 1650 to c. 1670 England

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The portrait bears an undeniable similarity with at least three other three quarter length portraits by Lely. As was typical of Lely, the composition used in this work was replicated in other portrait commissions, and therefore it almost certainly relates to a now-lost original by Lely.

It was an established practice in the 17th century to copy in miniature works by Old Masters. According to the detailed accounts kept by Charles Beale (of which there were about 30 of these “pocket books” originally), Mary Beale was coping the portraits of Van Dyke and also her friend Peter Lely, by at least 1676 and some of these have doubtless been assigned to Lely. Some were made on commission – in fact copies after Lely made a significant part of Beale’s income – and others were done for her own “study and improvement” and kept in the studio as patterns for her independent portrait commissions. The account records activities for each day, detailing her commissioned portraits as well as the experimental studies in which it identifies the sitters and usually their poses and it tracks the progress of each work from one sitting to the next, paying particular attention if a novel technique had been used. In addition to “study and improvement” it is likely that the purpose was also to test the commerciality of such layouts.

Many of these copies after Lely were done “in little” generally denoting small paintings on canvas rather than miniatures. They were also, both in recognition of this fact, and of the expense of the pigments that she employed - as costly or more as the larger portraits.

The “Great” Lely was so taken and fond of Beale’s work he would often remark on this. Never really her teacher, Beale and Lely were friends and she enjoyed the considerable privilege of being able to observe Lely in the act of painting in order to study his technique. Through Beale’s copying and “study” she acquired a purity of colouring – something her portraits are remarkable for. The rich colour, exquisite shimmering draperies, dramatic lighting, and romantic background are typical of Lely. The sitter gazes directly and intently at the viewer, and the rather limpid way the ‘almond’ eyes are painted are typical features of Lely’s work. His sense of theatre and his mastery of colour explains his appeal to the upper echelons of society who sought to increase their ‘brand’ through images depicting them as majestic and sometimes saintly.
Dimensions
Height 75.00 cm (29.53 inches)
Width 62.00 cm (24.41 inches)
External Height 87.00 cm (34.25 inches)
External Width 75.00 cm (29.53 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
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