Mary Capel (1630–1715), Later Duchess of Beaufort, and Her Sister Elizabeth (1633–1678), Countess of Carnarvon

Artist: Sir Peter Lely (Pieter van der Faes) (British, Soest 1618–1680 London)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 51 1/4 x 67 in. (130.2 x 170.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939

Accession Number: 39.65.3


Lely was influenced by Anthony van Dyck and perhaps hoped to succeed him. He was admired and patronized by the Capel family and some of his best work, including this double portrait, was installed at their country house, Cassiobury Park. The colorful and elaborate draperies and the supple handling of the flesh tones are characteristic. The high quality frame is original.