Petrus Lelly Eques Pictor Caroli 2di Magnae Brittaniae Regis.
Cum Privilegio Regis. Sold by Alex: Browne at ye blew balcony in little Queen Street. [n.d. c.1680].
Mezzotint, first state, 340 x 250mm. 13½ x 9¾". A strong impression with wide margins.
Self-portrait of Sir Peter Lely (1618 - 1680), portrait painter and Principal Painter to Charles II. Born of Dutch parents, he trained in Haarlem, came to London in the 1640s and quickly established a reputation as a portraitist, becoming easily the most fashionable painter of his time. He formed a celebrated collection of paintings and drawings and was well known for his high living. Alexander Browne (fl.1659 - 1706) was variously a ‘practitioner of the art of limning’, a drawing master, an author of a drawing manual and treatise on art, an art auctioneer and dealer, a print publisher and printseller. His shop at ‘ye Blew Balcony’ in Little Queen Street would have contained quantities of prints, books and artists materials. Browne published around 100 mezzotints, mainly after Sir Anthony van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely, and was granted in 1684 a privilege or Royal License for ‘the sole printing and publishing’ of his plates for fourteen years.
Chaloner Smith: 63, Later imporession.
[Ref: 18319] £280.00