Mary Beale

1 portrait on display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

Mary Beale, by Mary Beale, circa 1666 - NPG 1687 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mary Beale

by Mary Beale
oil on canvas, circa 1666
43 in. x 34 1/2 in. (1092 mm x 876 mm)
Purchased, 1912
Primary Collection
NPG 1687


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  • Mary Beale (1633-1699), Portrait painter. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 53 portraits.

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  • Mary Beale (1633-1699), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 53 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Beale is shown holding an unframed canvas on which are sketch portraits of her two sons, Bartholomew (1656-1709) and Charles (1660-1714?)

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Current affairs

The 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 science

Mathematical 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.

International

The 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.

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Joan OLd

26 November 2016, 09:31

Mary Beale lived in Hampshire between 1665 & 1670 at Allbrook Farmhouse in the parish of Allbrook and North Boyatt, (now Eastleigh) having moved out of London due to the Plague, so this portrait was probably painted there.

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