An 17th/18th Century Oil Painting of the “Duchess Of Portsmouth” attributed to Sir Peter Lely.
This painting has been professionally restored with full conservation dossier available to the purchaser. It sits in beautiful frame with a gilt title plaque of “Duchess Of Portsmouth Sir P Lely”.
On the back of the frame are a couple of old labels. One reads :-
“Newman Galleries Tradition In Art Since 1855 Philadelphia”
Another old auction card label reads :-
“Receipt/Item # 02-1121-1 Specialst: Cain Dept: 2nd Catalogued: £5000 Notes: Oil Portrait by Sir P. Lely”
I would assume it was auctioned in the UK in the early 70’s or before, purchased by an American, restored by Newmans and I then bought it back to the UK.
~ Sir Peter Lely ~
Sir Peter Lely (14 September 1618 – 30 November 1680) was a painter of Dutch origin, whose career was nearly all spent in England, where he became the dominant portrait painter to the court.
~ Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth ~
Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth (September 1649 – 14 November 1734) was a mistress of Charles II of England. Through her son by Charles II, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, she is ancestress of both wives of Prince Charles: Diana, Princess of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The titles of Baroness Petersfield, Countess of Fareham and Duchess of Portsmouth were granted to her for life on 19 August 1673.
~ Dimensions ~
The frame is 26.25 inches (66.5cm) tall by 22.25 inches (56.5cm) wide by 2.15 inches (5.5cm) deep.
The painting is 18.5 inches (47cm) tall by 13.5 inches (34.5cm) wide.
~ Condition ~
The painting has had some restoration and is now in a fine condition with no damages.
The frame is in good order with general age wear and some flaking/chips to the finish.