Portrait of a Lady

By Sir Peter Lely, painted sometime in the 1640s. She’s wearing a black bodice or waistcoat (difficult to see any detail in the way Lely has depicted it) with her smock showing above the neckline and a plain linen kerchief pinned over the top. It’s a very sober portrait, but she has dressed her hair with a string of pearls and at least one drop earring. This picture came up for sale via Phillip Mould and Co who were also kind enough to grant permission for me to use this image.

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2 Comments to “Portrait of a Lady”

  1. She looks oddly deshabille around the partlet, esp compared to the sobriety of her overall image, I wonder why

  2. I think that’s more to do with the painting style than what she actually wore when she sat for Lely. His pictures are not as crisp as some artists of the period.

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