Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Mrs Rous 1650c.

Sir Peter Lely (1618-80)

Portrait of Mrs Rous, Sir Peter Lely
Oil on canvas
17th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
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This cool exercise in a Vandyckian mode is a beautiful example of Lely's early style in England, a harmonious exercise in colour and mood. The dark penumbra about the sitter's head shows where he began painting the portrait from an ad vivum likeness sketched onto the canvas.
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