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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Eleanor Needham, Lady Byron (1627-64)

Overview

Creator: Sir Peter Lely (1618-80) (artist)
Creation Date: 
1664?
Materials: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
159.4 x 127.9 cm
RCIN 
404089
Reference(s): 
OM 253
Provenance: 
First recorded in the collection of Charles II at Whitehall
Description:

In this portrait Eleanor Needham, Lady Byron is depicted as Saint Catherine of Alexandria in a guise probably intended to flatter Charles II's Queen, Catherine of Braganza. Accordinly she carries the martyr's palm branch and leans upon a wheel. The sitter looks to two putti in the upper left, one of whom holds a wreath of bay leaves above her head. She is wearing a copper-red dress with a richly decorated blue mantle about her arms.

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Paintings