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painter, court painter, collector of Italian painting, drawing collector, print collector, collector of Dutch and Flemish painting
court painter of Charles I and Charles II. He had a large art collection (paintings, drawings and prints), which was auctioned between 1682 and 1694.
Nationality/school
North Netherlandish, English, German
natualized as English in 1662 (
Born
Soest (Arnsberg) 1618-09-14
Houbraken 1719
Deceased
London (England) 1680-11-30
He died with palette in hand while portraying the Duchess of Somerset (Von Wurzbach 1906). According to Houbraken he died just before an appointment with a lady who was going to be portrayed )Houbraken 1719). He was buried in St Paul’s, Covent Garden, on 7 December 1680.
Family relationships
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Son of captain Johannes van der Faes (c. 1592-1639/47) from The Hague and Abigaël van der Vliet from Utrecht. He had two sisters, Anna and Catharina Maria.
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  • Haarlem 1637-10-06
    mentioned on that date ('Pieter Lelij') in the 'finder' book of the guild of Saint Luke as an apprentice of Frans Pietersz de Grebber
  • Londen (Engeland) 1641 - 1680
    According to Houbraken he embarked with Willem II, who went to England to marry the daughter of King Charles I. He probably first worked for the painter George Geldorp; began as a history and landscape painter, but soon started to paint portraits. Lely received a pension of £ 200 in October 1661 from Charles II, as Van Dyck had previously received from Charles I. In 1679 he was ennobled.
  • Amsterdam 1656
    Lely continued to keep contacts with Holland his whole life. He traveled in 1656 on a passport to Amsterdam. He was befriended with the art dealer Gerrit Uylenburgh there; one of the brothers of Gerrit, the painter Abraham Uylenborgh died in Dublin in 1668. In a deed (in English) dated Feb. 3, 1668 signed in Amsterdam by the heirs of Abraham (his brother and three sisters) they 'appoincted their trusty and well beloved friend MR. PETER LELY [...], to bee their true and lawfull "attourney and procurator"' (Bredius 1884, p. 219-220).
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portrait
Medium/technique
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-02-07; Last modified date: 2021-07-24

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