Oil Painting Portrait of a Lady 17th Century, Studio of Sir Peter Lely. SOLD


Oil Painting, Three Quarter length Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Percy by the studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) Housed in a good period, swept ornate frame.

Lady Elizabeth Percy, later wife of Charles, 6th Duke of Somerset, Elizabeth Seymour, Duchess of Somerset and suo jure Baroness Percy (26 January 1667 – 24 November 1722) was a great heiress. She was styled Lady Elizabeth Percy between 1667 and 1679, Countess of Ogle between 1679 and 1681, Lady Elizabeth Thynne between 1681 and 1682 and Duchess of Somerset between 1682 and 1722. Elizabeth was the only surviving child and sole heiress of Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland (1644–1670). Lady Elizabeth was one of the closest personal friends of Queen Anne, which led Jonathan Swift to direct at her one of his sharpest satires, The Windsor Prophecy, in which she was named "Carrots."

Peter Lely:
In 1647 he became a member of the Painter-Stainers Company and by 1654 was described as "the best artist in England." After the Restoration in 1660 Lely was recognized as Van Dyck's successor as court and society painter; he became Principal Painter to King Charles II in 1661 and was granted naturalization in 1662.

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