MANNER OF SIR PETER LELY | Portrait of a lady, three-quarter-length, in an embroidered dress with a blue silk wrap
Property from a Private Collection
Property from a Private Collection
MANNER OF SIR PETER LELY
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, IN AN EMBROIDERED DRESS WITH A BLUE SILK WRAP
oil on canvas, an unidentified collector's red wax seal lower left
unframed: 128 x 103 cm.; 50⅜ x 40⅝ in.
framed: 140.5 x 116 cm.; 55⅜ x 45⅝ in.
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The canvas is lined, and the paint surface has a slightly discoloured varnish. The blue pigments of her cloak are slightly abraded. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along a repaired, vertical tear which runs down the left side of her face and neck approx. 18 cm. long, and a further horizontal line approx 2.5 cm. long below and to the left of her lips. It also reveals retouchings scattered in the background and along all four margins, with two more concentrated clusters: one centre right including a repaired damage 4 x 2 cm., and one lower right including a repaired damage 4 x 2 cm. with a spot of paint loss in the middle of it, as well as in more concentrated spots right below her proper left hand. There are further concentrated spots, one above and to the right of her head 3 x 1 cm., two along the centre of the upper margin, and one upper left, each no bigger than 2 x 2 cm. The sitter's body and hair remain largely untouched save for her proper left arm and hand which have fairly extensive retouching. None of these impede the legibility of the image, which appears fresh and ready to hang.
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Fideikommiss-Galerie des Gesamthauses Braunschweig und Lüneburg, Berlin, no. 138;
Their sale, Berlin, Cassirer & Helbing, 27–28 April 1926, lot 64 (as Adriaen Hannemann, the sitter as Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange);
Anonymous sale, London, Bonhams Knightsbridge, 21 April 2009, lot 262 (as British School, 18th Century, the sitter said to be Mary Capel, Duchess of Beaufort), where acquired post-sale by the present owners.