Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Sir Peter Lely 1670s

Studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-80)

Portrait of Sir Peter Lely, Studio of Sir Peter Lely
Oil on canvas
17th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
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This studio reproduction of one of the master's self portraits would have been an important exercise for a student - the high quality of its execution, recalling the work of Willem Wissing who had been a star of the studio and was retained to complete unfinished works after Lely's death in 1680, might suggest it was intended as a gift to one of the painter's many friends and admirers.
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