Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Elizabeth, Lady Narborough (1658-78) c.1678 1670c.

Simon Verelst (16441721)

Portrait of Elizabeth, Lady Narborough (1658-78) c.1678, Simon Verelst
Oil on canvas
17th Century
15 x 12 inches 38 x 30 cm
Through the patronage of the Dukes of York and Buckingham, Verelst gained enormous popularity for his execution of flower paintings that were plainly their own advertisement. Through the encouragement of the same patrons he also turned his hand to portrait painting, producing paintings which invariably featured elements of his characteristic flower painting (such as his portrait of Mary of Modena, formerly with Historical Portraits. London).

Towards the end of his life Verelst began to suffer from increasing bouts of insanity which was reflected in his painting flowers on a gigantic scale, and he is known to have been incarcerated on several occasions.
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