Search the Collection

Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter

Sitter in 18 portraits
Artist associated with 831 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'.

List Thumbnail

6007

Henry Stone

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1648
NPG 6007

5176

Henry Marten (Martin)

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

402

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)

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

5491

Sir Henry Blount

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas
NPG 5491

6496

Humphrey Henchman

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

574

James Ussher

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

1522

Sir William Compton

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

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

5488

Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich

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

4296

Charlotte Stanley, Countess of Derby

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

1975

Richard Gibson

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

4109

James Harrington

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

74

Abraham Cowley

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

3897

Sir Peter Lely

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1660
NPG 3897

491

George Morley

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

4622

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1st Bt

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

609

Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich

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

152

Sir William Temple, Bt

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

3678

Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester

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

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.