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336

Studio of Sir Peter Lely

Portrait of James II (1633–1701), when Duke of York, full-length, wearing the Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Property from a British Private Collection

Studio of Sir Peter Lely

Studio of Sir Peter Lely

Portrait of James II (1633–1701), when Duke of York, full-length, wearing the Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter

Portrait of James II (1633–1701), when Duke of York, full-length, wearing the Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Property from a British Private Collection

Studio of Sir Peter Lely

Soest 1618 - 1680 London

Portrait of James II (1633–1701), when Duke of York, full-length, wearing the Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter 


oil on canvas

unframed: 241.5 x 145 cm.; 95⅛ x 57⅛ in.

framed: 256 x 160 cm.; 100¾ x 63 in.

The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is slightly dirty with a thick and uneven varnish. There are three horizontal creases, which run the width of the canvas at equidistant intervals, in the upper, centre and lower parts of the composition - these all have associated retouching. There is retouching to a repaired damage along the upper quarter of the left margin, approx. 10x10 cm., and a few further spots of discoloured retouching scattered in the background, most notably centre left. There is also retouching to a repaired diagonal tear at the bottom of the sitter's blue cape, approx. 10 cm. long. Inspection under utlraviolet light confirms all this, beneath the thick and uneven varnish and further reveals a few small retouchings scattered in the sitter's costume, including a handful of small, repaired damages, such as two areas in his left hip. In overall fairly good condition.


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Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), London, Sotheby's, 5 June 2008, lot 19;
Where acquired by the present owner.

A version of the full-length by Lely in the Royal Collection;1 the portrait was copied many times and became, to some extent, his official likeness. Lely painted James II on a number of other occasions, including a three-quarter-length portrait in armour.2 At Lely's death in 1680 there were 16 copies of portraits of the sitter, including six full-lengths in his studio, and James II's inventory of 1688 records three unfinished portraits of the then king, all at St James' Palace.


1 https://www.rct.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/charles-ii-art-power/the-queens-gallery-buckingham-palace/james-ii-1-0 

https://www.rct.uk/collection/403224/james-vii-ii-1633-1701-when-duke-of-york