Portrait of a Gentleman

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Sir Peter Lely
Born Westphalia, Germany, 1618-1680

Portrait of a Gentleman

Oil on canvas
Bequeathed by Mrs Elizabeth Watt, 1917
Museum Number 14-1917

Lely was the most fashionable portrait painter of his time. Born of Dutch parents, he trained in Haarlem and moved to London in the 1640s. He began painting painted landscapes, religious scenes and history paintings, but soon recognised the demand in the portrait market.

This portrait was initially thought to be of the politician and writer, Sir William Temple although the likeness is different to other portraits of him.

Portrait of a Gentleman
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