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A Knight of the Order of the Garter

Artist:
Sir Peter Lely (Pieter van der Faes) (British, Soest 1618–1680 London)
Date:
1663–71
Medium:
Black and white chalks, gray pastel, on blue-gray paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 17 3/8 × 13 1/8 in. (44.1 × 33.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Acquisitions Endowment Fund and Charles and Jessie Price and PECO Foundation Gifts, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.43
Not on view
A significant addition to the Museum's British holdings, Sir Peter Lely’s "A Knight of the Order of the Garter," represents a young knight pausing to bow during the Garter’s great annual ceremonial procession. The work comes from a series considered the most important series of Baroque drawings produced in 17th-century England. Conveying the glamor of Charles II’s restoration court, it survives as a haunting record of an ambitious, but unrealized, decorative scheme, most likely for a tapestry series. Delicately applied black and white chalks blend Lely’s native Dutch naturalism with the elegantly expressive line he admired in Van Dyck to produce a style that established figure drawing in Britain.
Inscription: Inscribed, lower right with graphite: "een Ridder"
Henry Oppenheimer (British (born America), Washington, D.C. 1859–1932 London); His sale, Christie's, London, July 10-14, 1936, lot 457; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 29, 2014–July 14, 2014.

Lieneke C. J. Frerichs De verzameling van Mr. Chr. P. van Eeghen: nederlandse en buitenlandse tekeningen Ex. cat., Rijksmueum, Amsterdam, April 3-May 26. 1958, cat. no. 51.

Edward Croft-Murray, Paul Hulton Catalogue of British Drawings at the British Museum: Volume one: XVI & XVII Centuries. 1960, nos. 1-16, pp. 409-16 (the series).

Oliver Millar, National Portrait Gallery Sir Peter Lely, 1618–80. London, 1978, no. 110, p. 86.

Lindsay Stainton, Christopher White Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogarth. Exh. cat., British Museum and Yale Center for British Art. British Museum, London, 1987, pp. 31 ff., cat. nos. 129-137 (the series).

Mària van Berge-Gerbaud , et al. Collectionner Passionnément: Les plus beaux dessins dans les collections hollandaises du XVIIIe siècle. Fondation Custodia, Paris, 2001, cat. no. 65, pp. 123-4.



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