Mary Beale (Barrow 1633-1699 London) Portrait of Charles Beale (1632-1705), half-length, seated in a brown gown
Lot 7TP
Mary Beale
(Barrow 1633-1699 London)
Portrait of Charles Beale (1632-1705), half-length, seated in a brown gown
Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 14,570) inc. premium

Lot Details
Mary Beale (Barrow 1633-1699 London)
Portrait of Charles Beale (1632-1705), half-length, seated in a brown gown
oil on canvas
126.5 x 103.2cm (49 13/16 x 40 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Sidney Sabin, London

    Charles Beale was the devoted husband and studio manager of Mary Beale. They married in 1652. Having been deputy-clerk of the Patents Office from circa 1660-64 he moved his family to Albrook, (now Allbrook), Otterbourne, Hampshire, to escape the plague. While his 'Dearest & Most Indefatigable Heart' (to quote from his notebook) was industriously employed, Charles Beale assumed responsibility for organising the commissions and payments and preparing artists' colours. His notebooks provide an exceptional amount of documentation for an artist of this period. They tell us how by 1681 Mary's commissions were beginning to diminish but she busied herself with producing pictures for 'study and improvement', experimenting with informal poses, and using alternatives to artists' canvas. Mary's portraits of her husband are noted for their informality and are amongst her finest works. The present painting seems to be painted on a type of coarse twill-weave fabric identical to that of the portrait of Charles Beale Jnr., of circa 1681, and the pensive and introspective, albeit affectionate, nature of the two compositions suggests strongly that they were painted at about the same time.
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