Lely (After), Sir Peter (1618 - 1680)
A Reduced Copy of Lely's Portrait of Jane Long (lost). Pen, brush, ink and white heightening. c.1670. Inscribed recto: 'Nell Gwynn / Sir Peter Lely / From Thane's Sale'. Inscribed verso: 'NovEnath181[3/5]', the mark of the collector and dealer Thomas Thane (L.811). Provenance: Thomas Thane (1782-1846); probably his sale 19/6/1846 lot 105; to 'Newton', possibly Sir William John Newton (1785-1869). 6x4.75 inches. Framed: 10.25x8.5 inches.


Making copies was an established part of studio practice in Britain in the late seventeenth century and so it is quite possible this drawing was made in Lely's studio. Vertue records that 'Jan Vansomer the noted Mezzotinter has done a abundance of Plates after Sr Peter Lely. His drawings were made in two colours by Gas. Baptist. & sometimes by Lemense' [sic]. Jan Baptist Gaspars (1620-1691) was a long standing and trusted studio assistant of Lely and later Kneller. Jan van Somer (c.1645-after 1699) made a mezzotint after this painting, published by Richard Tompson (d.1693) c.1678/79. We are grateful to Peter Bower for confirming the date of this paper.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024