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peter lely: The Draughtsman and his collection

24 September 2012 - 13 January 2013

 

Lely Two Heralds in Ceremonial Dress

 

In addition to achieving renown as a painter, Peter Lely amassed one of England’s first great collections of drawings.

 

A display of a selection of drawings from Lely’s collection will be on view in The Courtauld Gallery concurrently with the exhibition Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision.

 

A selection of Lely’s own drawings will be displayed alongside works from his collection. Primarily hand and drapery studies, these delicate sketches provide a glimpse into Lely’s practice as a portraitist. A special highlight is his Two heralds in ceremonial dress, a beautiful and highly detailed costume study of figures in a procession of the Order of the Garter (detail above).

 

Taken together, these drawings reveal a more private side of Lely, as worthy of exploration as his sparkling paintings.

 

arrowRead a blog post about Peter Lely: The Draughtsman and His Collection by Dr Rachel Sloan, Assistant Curator of Works on Paper.

 

Image credits (Top-Bottom, L-R)

Peter Lely, The Concert, c. 1650, © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Peter Lely,  Boy as a Shepherd, c. 1658-60, © Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Peter Lely, Nymphs by a Fountain, c. 1654, © Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

 

Peter Lely, Two heralds in ceremonial dress © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London