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Sir Peter Lely

(1618-1680), Portrait painter

Sitter in 19 portraits
Artist associated with 841 portraits
Portrait painter and Principal Painter to Charles II; born of Dutch parents, he trained in Haarlem; came to London in the 1640s and quickly established a reputation as a portraitist; appointed Principal Painter at the Restoration and knighted, 1680; was prolific, and easily the most fashionable painter of his time; formed a celebrated collection of paintings and drawings and was well known for his high living; Pepys called him 'a mighty proud man, and full of state'.

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Henry Stone, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 6007

Henry Stone

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1648
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6007

Henry Marten (Martin), by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 5176

Henry Marten (Martin)

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1650s
NPG 5176

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford), after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 402

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1650 (circa 1646)
NPG 402

Sir Henry Blount, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 5491

Sir Henry Blount

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas
NPG 5491

Humphrey Henchman, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 6496

Humphrey Henchman

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas
On display at Lyme Park, Stockport
NPG 6496

James Ussher, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 574

James Ussher

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1654
NPG 574

Sir William Compton, by Henry Peart the Elder, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG 1522

Sir William Compton

by Henry Peart the Elder, after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1655)
NPG 1522

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex; Elizabeth, Countess of Essex, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 5461

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex; Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1655-1660
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5461

Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 5488

Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1655-1659
NPG 5488

Charlotte Stanley, Countess of Derby, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 4296

Charlotte Stanley, Countess of Derby

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (1657)
NPG 4296

Richard Gibson, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 1975

Richard Gibson

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (1658)
NPG 1975

James Harrington, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 4109

James Harrington

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1658)
NPG 4109

Abraham Cowley, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 74

Abraham Cowley

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1660)
NPG 74

Sir Peter Lely, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3897

Sir Peter Lely

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1660
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3897

George Morley, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 491

George Morley

after Sir Peter Lely
chalk, (circa 1660)
NPG 491

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1st Bt, studio of Sir Peter Lely - NPG 4622

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1st Bt

studio of Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1660
NPG 4622

Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 609

Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1660)
NPG 609

Sir William Temple, Bt, by or after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 152

Sir William Temple, Bt

by or after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1660
NPG 152

Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3678

Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1661-1665
NPG 3678

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