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Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)

Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Francis Crane of Loughton, half-length, in black robes

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Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)
Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Francis Crane of Loughton, half-length, in black robes
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Provenance
Mrs J. Henzell Ault; Christie's, London, 21 November 1980, lot 78.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 17 June 1983, lot 107, where acquired by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

The sitter was the eldest son of William Crane of Loughton, Buckinghamshire, and Frances Bond, the adopted co-heir of Sir Francis Crane (1579-1636), the founder and director of the Mortlake Tapestry Factory under the patronage of James I and Charles I and later a Chancellor of the Order of the Garter. See Laurence Martin, Apollo, Sir Francis Crane, February 1981, pp. 90-96.
This portrait, which would appear to date from the early 1650s is characteristic of Lely's early portraiture.

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