Petrus Leley. Pictor Caroli II Magnae Brittanniae Regis.
Engraving, with very large margins. Collector's mark on verso. Plate 361 x 285mm. 14¼ x 11¼".
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.
Ex Collection: Defer-Dumesnil, Pierre Defer (1798-1870). Lugt: 739.
[Ref: 24802] £180.00