Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Self Portrait 1670c.

Sir Peter Lely (1618-80)

Self Portrait, Sir Peter Lely
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Oil on canvas
17th Century
30 x 25 inches 76 x 63.5 cm
 
Provenance:
The Osborne Family; By descent to Sir Peter Osborne Bt.
Literature:
David Piper Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery NPG 1963 p.201 (mentioned in the collection of the Osborne family, who had been friends of Lely) James Mulraine in Edward Chaney and Godfrey Worsdale The Stuart Portrait: Status and Legacy Southampton City Art Gallery 2001 p.36 The British Face Historical Portraits Ltd London p.12 p.13 (ill.)
Exhibited:
The Stuart Portrait: Status and Legacy Southampton City Art Gallery Autumn 2001 Cat. no.16 The British Face Historical Portraits Ltd London November 26th - December 6th 2002 Cat. no.4
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This magnificent self portrait, which descended in the Osborne family who were noted patrons of the artist, captures the assurance and elegance of a man who was not only Van Dyck's heir in technique and painterly execution but in his understanding that the successful portrait painter must be at ease in the world of his patrons, and be himself a courtier and a gentleman.
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