Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of the Artist's son 1680s

Mary Beale (1633-99)

Portrait of the Artist's son, Mary Beale
Oil on canvas
17th Century
Mary Beale's portraits of her husband and children, perhaps especially those of her sons, Charles and Bartholomew have a freshness and directness not often encountered in Stuart portraiture. Though ostensibly painted for practice, and techinical exercise they plainly celebrate a family life that speaks directly to a modern sensibility.
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