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Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter
Sitter in 18 portraits
Artist associated with 829 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'.
by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1660
On display at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK in the exhibition 'Self'