Oil painting -> List of Painters -> Sir Peter Lely

Early Days:

   Lely was born Pieter van der Faes to Dutch parents in Soest in Westphalia, where his father was an officer serving in the armed forces of the Elector of Brandenburg. Lely studied painting in Haarlem, where he may have been apprenticed to Pieter de Grebber. He becomes a master of the Guild of Saint Luke in Haarlem in 1637. He is reputed to have adopted the surname "Lely" (also occasionally spelled Lilly) from a heraldic lily on the gable of the house where his father was born in The Hague.

Peter Lely


Personal Details


Sir Peter Lely

Place of Birth

Soest, Westphalia

Date of Birth

14 September, 1618

Date of Death

30 November, 1680






   He arrived in London in around 1641, which was marked by the death of Anthony van Dyck in December. His early English paintings, mainly mythological or religious scenes, or portraits set in a pastoral landscape, show influences from Anthony van Dyck and the Dutch baroque. Lely's portraits were well received, and he succeeded Anthony van Dyck as the most fashionable portrait artist in England.

   Works Of Sir Sir Peter Lely:

Oil PAnting by Peter Lely

Oil PAnting by Peter Lely