Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Mrs Mary Beale, Self Portrait c.1675-80 

Mary Beale (1633-99)

Mrs Mary Beale, Self Portrait c.1675-80, Mary Beale
Oil on sacking
17th Century
18 x 15 inches (45.7 x 38.1 cm)
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Economy - and a natural logic, since the two materials are functionally indistinguishable - led Mary Beale to use supports such as sacking and bed ticking rather than finer canvas for the private portraits of herself and her family, saving the canvas for paintings of her clients.
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