SPECIAL DISPLAY ARCHIVE
peter lely: The Draughtsman and his collection
24 September 2012 - 13 January 2013
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.
Read a blog post about Peter Lely: The Draughtsman and His Collection by Dr Rachel Sloan, Assistant Curator of Works on Paper.