by Mary Beale
oil on canvas, circa 1666
43 in. x 34 1/2 in. (1092 mm x 876 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Mary Beale (1633-1699), Portrait painter. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 53 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mary Beale (1633-1699), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 53 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Beale is shown holding an unframed canvas on which are sketch portraits of her two sons, Bartholomew (1656-1709) and Charles (1660-1714?)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 22
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 20
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 24
- Rideal, Liz, Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, 2001 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 September 2001 to 20 January 2002), p. 35
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 40
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 88
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by women artists (12 September 2001 - 20 January 2002)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1666back to top
Current affairsThe Great Fire of London starts in a baker's shop in Pudding Lane, destroying two-thirds of the city. Charles II and James, Duke of York personally direct and manually assist with the fire-fighting effort. Thousands are left homeless, though few people die.
Art and scienceMathematical scientist, Isaac Newton, formulates a series of groundbreaking theories concerning light, colour, calculus, and, after supposedly watching an apple fall from a tree, the universal law of gravitation. Nicholas Lanier, Master of the King's Music dies and Frenchman Louis Grabu is appointed the post.
InternationalThe Four Days' Battle. Dutch navy led by Admiral Michiel de Ruyter attacks the English fleet under George Monck, Duke of Albemarle, now Joint- Commander-in-Chief with Prince Rupert. Outcome of the battle is indecisive, though England looses twice as many men and ships, severely damaging the fleet.
See this portrait
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery