A portrait of a man dressed in armour, circle of Sir Peter Lely. The portrait is traditionally identified as James, Duke of York who later became King James II. He was designated Duke of York at birth and invested with the Order of the Garter in 1642. He was formally created Duke of York in January 1644. His armour is reference to the military posts he held in the French army before he became King and after the Restoration.
Sir Peter Lely was the leading portrait painter working in England at the court of Charles II during the mid to late 17th century. He was born Pieter van Faes to Dutch parents in Soest, Germany. He studied in Haarlem where he is thought to been apprenticed to Pieter de Grebber. He adopted the surname Lely after becoming a master of the Guild in Haarlem in 1637. He settled in London in 1641 where he became a highly successful court painter of portraits. Lely’s talent was such that his career progressed after Charles I’s execution, and he served both Cromwell and Charles II.
The painting is housed in a period carved giltwood frame, which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||28 inches x 23.5 inches (71cm x 60cm)|
|Framed Size||35.5 inches x 31 inches (90cm x 79cm)|