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Peter Vandrebanc (1649–1697) after Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680)

Charles II dated 1677

RCIN 630472

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Advertised as ‘Art's Master-piece […] as large as the Life’ when first published, this impressive engraving is based on a life study by the court painter Peter Lely. It is almost identical in scale, pose and facial expression to Blooteling's mezzotint displayed to the right, suggesting that Lely encouraged competition between printmakers, which resulted in some of the finest prints of the age.

Cat. 161