soldportrait of a lady c1675 by a follower of sir peter lely

SOLD....Portrait of a Lady c.1675 by a Follower of Sir Peter Lely


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Oil on canvas.
A strong and pleasing image by an artist as yet unidentified but very strongly influenced by Sir Peter Lely; the drapery is depicted in a flamboyantly painterly manner, with a real enjoyment in the handling of the medium. The sitter is wearing the fashionable 'undress' of the period and has a direct and rather provocative look.
SIR PETER LELY (1618-80) was the dominant Court and Society portraitist of the reign of Charles ll, noted for the sensual way he portrayed many of the female members of the permissive Court. Lely was appointed Principal Painter to the King in 1661 and knighted in 1680; his influence on portraitists of the time was profound.
PROVENANCE; a Kent private collection.



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