Sir Peter Lely was a Dutch painter who settled in England around 1647 and became one of London's most successful artists. Following the example of Van Dyck, he developed a fluid, loose style of brushwork which allowed him to capture the glamour and exhuberance of the court of Charles II, as seen here in the shimmering shades of the girl's blue drape.

Curiously, Charles Fairfax Murray the donor of this portrait and himself a painter, once thought it was by Lely’s early rival, Daniel Mytens. But Lely’s signature ‘PL’ was discovered at the bottom right of the painting.


  • Title: Portrait of a Lady with a Blue Drape
  • Date: c.1660
  • Physical Dimensions: w1025 x h1267 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: Raynham Hall, Marquess of Townshend, bef. 1904; Charles Fairfax Murray; Fairfax Murray Gift, 1911 (as by Daniel Mytens).
  • Inscriptions: PL
  • Further Information: This is probably a pair with DPG560 Lely 'Portrait of a Lady', which were bought at the Townshend sale in 1904 and may show sisters from that family. The sitter wears a blue dress with a pearl necklace and holding a spray of white jasmine in her left hand.
  • Artist: Lely, Sir Peter
  • Acquisition Method: Fairfax Murray, Charles (Gift, 1911)

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