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Lely, Peter
Portrait of a Lady Portrait of a Lady
around 1670 around 1670

Peter Lely was in many ways Van Dyck’s obvious successor. Both men dominated court portraiture after arriving in England; they both developed a subtle brand of elegance; and they both had an opulent lifestyle, which translated to tactile opulence in their paintings. The majority of Lely’s female sitters sported the typical coiffure of the day: side curls hanging close to their face. In Alexander Pope’s (1688–1744) opinion, Lely’s portraits of women were characterized by “the sleepy eye that spoke the melting soul.”

 
Lely, Peter
Soest, Germany 1618–London, England 1680 Soest, Germany 1618–London, England 1680
Portrait of a Lady Portrait of a Lady
around 1670 around 1670
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
overall: 76.2 cm x 64 cm
Gift of Mary, Georgiana and Venetia Stewart, In memory of Professor J. Douglas Stewart, 2011 Gift of Mary, Georgiana and Venetia Stewart, In memory of Professor J. Douglas Stewart, 2011
54-024

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