© National Portrait Gallery, London
possibly after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, probably 18th century
55 1/2 in. x 61 1/2 in. (1410 mm x 1562 mm)
- Peter Pett (1610-1670), Shipbuilder. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 841 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- Ollard, Richard, Character Sketches: Samuel Pepys and His Circle, 2000, p. 27
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 490
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