Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a lady in a blue dress 1670s

Mary Beale (1633-99)

Portrait of a lady in a blue dress, Mary Beale
Oil on canvas
17th Century
30 x 25 inches 127 x 10.2 cm
This portrait of an unknown sitter displays a particularly opulent treatment of drapery, suggesting the sheen of the rich satin or silk of the woman''s gown, the stylised flowing 'nightgown' that was conventionally worn in portraiture over the more elaborate and less pictorially seductive daily dress of the period.
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