Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680)
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Sir Peter Lely was a 17th century English painter. Lely was born in the Netherlands and painted in the Baroque style. Lely was the most popular portrait painter in England from the 1640′s until his death in 1680.
Lely was a collector of art just as much as he was a creator of art, and had a collection of drawings made by other artists.
Many of Lely’s early Dutch paintings were of religious or mythological themes, as well as pastoral landscapes. He was appointed as Charles II’s principal painter in 1661, and was in high demand by British society. He was highly prolific and today, Lely’s paintings are housed in prominent collections such as Windsor Castle, and perhaps in your own home.
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