Sir Peter Lely was born in
Following the restoration of the English monarchy Lely became the Principal painter of Charles II in 1661. He was a prolific portrait painter and demand for his work was very high. By 1670 he had a large studio and after painting the sitter’s head from life would handover to his assistants to complete the rest of the portrait. He is believed to have died at his easel in 1680, possibly from overwork.