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Mary Beale (1633-1699), Portrait painter

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 53 portraits
Daughter of a Suffolk clergyman, she married Charles Beale, an artist's colour-man, 1652. A painter working professionally from the mid-1650s, Mary Beale produced numerous portraits, particularly of her family and friends, who included a number of prominent churchmen. She was a friend of Sir Peter Lely. Many details of her busy working life are recorded in the notebooks kept by her husband, Charles Beale, who acted as her studio assistant.

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Mary Beale

by Mary Beale
oil on canvas, circa 1665
NPG 1687


Mary Beale and Charles Beale the Younger

by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), after Mary Beale
line engraving, published 1762
NPG D30431


Mary Beale

by Thomas Wright, after Mary Beale
stipple engraving, published 1820
NPG D30434