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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
by Mary Beale
43 in. x 34 1/2 in. (1092 mm x 876 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Anon. sale, Christie’s, 22 November 1912, lot 135, bought Leger for the NPG.
This portraitback to top
Mary Beale shows herself as artist and mother; her palette hangs on the wall and her right hand supports a small canvas showing unfinished portraits of her two sons, Bartholomew (1656-1705) and Charles (1660-1714?). Their apparent ages allow the canvas to be dated c.1666, when the Beales were living at Albrook in Hampshire. Plausibly considered to be the companion to Mary Beale’s portrait of her husband Charles (of the same unusual canvas size), now with the St Edmondsbury Borough Council (see Charles Beale c.1666). Together the two canvases show the complete young family.
Referenceback to top
R. Jeffree, ‘The Excellent Mrs Mary Beale’, exhibition catalogue, Geffrye Museum, London, and Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 1975-76, p 68, no.7.
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 23-24.
Exhibitionsback to top
‘The Excellent Mrs Mary Beale’, Geffrye Museum, London, and Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 1975–76, no.4 as c.1666; Five hundred years of Women’s Art, Nottingham, 1982, no.2; Images of Women, Leeds, 1989-90, no.3; Gawthorpe Hall, Lancs., 1987-98; Mary Beale, Geffrye Museum, London, 1999–2000, no.4 as c.1665–66; Mirror, Mirror, Self Portraits by Women Artists, NPG, 2001–02; A Window in the 17th century, Sheffield, 2008.
This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685–1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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