Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich (1625-1672) army officer, Admiral and diplomat

Sie Peter, (follower) Lely

Oil on canvas

1670-1679
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street
  • About the artist
    Peter Lely was born in Westphalia in Germany. He studied in Haarlem under Pieter de Grebber, becoming a Master of the Haarlem Guild in 1637. He relocated to England in 1641, where he succeeded Sir Antony Van Dyck as Principal Painter to Charles II. Lely presided over a large studio and employed several assistants. He frequently painted only the head of the sitter himself, before passing the work to an assistant to complete. The work of his assistants is often mistakenly attributed to Lely himself. He was knighted in 1680, shortly before his death that year. At the time of his death, over 100 canvases remained in his studio, many copies executed by assistants. His assistants also produced independent work in the style of their master.
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich (1625-1672) army officer, Admiral and diplomat
    Date
    1670-1679
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 130.00 cm, width: 103.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 1 June 1956
    Inscription
    top left: 'Edward Earl of Sandwich / Ob.t 1672.'
    Provenance
    Collection of politician, traveller and Viceroy of India George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925) of 1 Carlton House Terrace, London; inherited by Grace Elvina Trilla Curzon (née Hinds), Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston (1877-1958); by whom sold through Christie's, London, on 10 July 1931 (Lot 126), for £73.10; from which sale purchased by ‘Shenley’; collection Mrs Leavett Shenley; by whom sold through Christie's, London, on 1 June 1956 (Lot 63), as by Sir P. Lely; from which sale purchased by Richard Walker on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    3551