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    Sale 7448

    Old Master and British Pictures

    7 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 161

    Sir Peter Lely (Westphalia 1618-1680 London)

    Portrait of lady, traditionally identified as Jane, wife of Sir Nicholas Pelham, bust-length, in a grey dress and pearls, in a sculpted cartouche

    Price Realised  

    Sir Peter Lely (Westphalia 1618-1680 London)
    Portrait of lady, traditionally identified as Jane, wife of Sir Nicholas Pelham, bust-length, in a grey dress and pearls, in a sculpted cartouche
    oil on canvas
    30¼ x 25 in. (76.7 x 63.5 cm.)


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    This portrait can be dated stylistically to the mid-1650s. The traditional identification of the sitter as Jane, wife of Sir Nicholas Pelham (c. 1650-1739), can be discounted on the basis of her husband's dates and the fact that the couple were married in November 1764. Lely did paint other female members of the Pelham family, for example Lady Lucy Pelham (d. 1685) (Private Collection, UK).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a Descendant of James Thursby Pelham (lots 160-163)
    (Lots 112-124 in the Old Master & British Pictures sale at Christie's South Kensington on 5 December 2007 are from the same property)


    Literature

    To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Sir Peter Lely, by the late Sir O. Millar, D. Dethloff and C. MacLeod, for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.