Peter Lely

c. 1617-1680 England-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Peter Lely’s wealthy family were originally from Holland but lived in Soest, Westphalia. His father changed his name from Johann van ‘der Faes’ to Lely, after the name of his birth house in The Hague. He was tutored in Haarlem by the artist Frans Pietersz de Grebber, whom also taught Pieter Jansz Saendredam and Judith Jans Leyster.

When he arrived in England, he switched his attention from landscapes to portraits, as portraiture was more favourable in England. He developed the style of Anthony Van Dyck, from whom he eventually succeeded as Court Painter, when Charles II resumed the throne. His portrait of Cromwell has become the most recognised picture of the Protector.

Whilst he set up house in Covent Garden he became a collector of art and amassed paintings by several Italian masters. He was established as the country’s foremost portraitist, doing commissions for the nobility as well as the court. In 1680, a short while after he was knighted, he was painting a portrait of the Duchess of Somerset when he took a seizure and died. He was interred in Saint Paul’s Cathedral, where he had bequeathed the princely sum of fifty pounds towards its construction.

 

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The Concert

The Concert

Sir Edward Massey

Sir Edward Massey

Charles I

Charles the First with James Duke of York

Abraham Cowley

Abraham Cowley

Amorous Couple

Amorous Couple in a Landscape

Cathrine

Cathrine of Braganza

Jews Harp

Jews Harp Playing

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

Anna Maria-Countess

Anna Maria-Countess of Shrewsbury

Ladies of the Lake

Ladies of the Lake Family

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

Barbara Palmer-

Barbara Palmer-Duchess of Cleveland and Son

Catherine-Sedley-

Catherine-Sedley-Countess of Dorchester

Charles The Second

Charles The Second

Diana Kirke-

Diana Kirke-Later Countess of Oxford

Edward Montagu

Edward Montagu First Earl of Sandwich

Edward Montagu

Edward Montagu Second Earl of Manchester

Elizabeth Hamilton

Elizabeth Hamilton

E Wriothesley

Elizabeth Wriothesley Countess of Northumberland

Frances T Stuart

Frances Teresa Stuart

Frescheville Holles

Frescheville Holles and Robert Holmes

George Monck

George Monck First Duke of Albemarle

George Morley

George Morley

Gilbert Sheldon

Gilbert Sheldon

Henry Brouncker

Henry Brouncker Third Viscount Brouncker

Henry Marten

Henry Marten

Henry Stone

Henry Stone

H Henchman

Humphrey Henchman

James Butler

James Butler First Duke of Ormonde

James The Second

James The Second and Anne Hyde

James II

James The Second when Duke of York

James Ussher

James Ussher

James-Duke of York

James-Duke of York

King Charles II

King Charles The Second

Margaret Hughes

Margaret Hughes

Mary of Modena-

Mary of Modena-when Duchess of York

Miss Wharton

Miss Wharton

Moll Davis

Moll Davis

P Leneve-

P Leneve-Alderman of Norwich

Peter Pett

Peter Pett

Earl and Countess

Lady Mary Fane

Lady Mary Fane

L de La Valliere

Louise de La Valliere and her Children

Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert Count Palatine

Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert

Queen Anne

Queen Anne of Great Britain

Queen Catherine

Queen Catherine of Braganza

Queen Mary

Queen Mary The Second

Sir Thomas Teddiman

Rearadmiral Sir Thomas Teddiman

Richard Gibson

Richard Gibson

Sir Ed Seymour

Sir Edward Seymour

Sir Henry Blount

Sir Henry Blount

Sir Robert Worsley

Sir Robert Worsley Third Baronet

Sir Samuel Morland

Sir Samuel Morland

Sir W Compton

Sir William Compton

Sir William Temple

Sir William Temple

Thomas Butler

Thomas Butler Earl of Ossory

Unknown Man

Unknown Man

Unknown Woman

Unknown Woman

William Brouncker

William Brouncker Second Viscount Brouncker

Boy as hepherd

A Boy as a Shepherd

Venus and Cupid

Young Woman and Child as Venus and Cupid

T Wriothesley

Thomas Wriothesley