Sir John Cotton and Family by Sir Peter Lely

This three-quarter length group portrait presents Sir John Cotton, in black, seated to the left, with Lady Cotton, in a gold dress, to the right.


Oil on canvas
157 x 22 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £4,180)
Acquired in:

Between them stands their son John, wearing a brown cloak. On the right their daughter Jane, in maroon and blue, carries a basket of flowers to her mother. The group is set against a sculptural fantasy, including a fountain with putti and a dolphin, beyond which is a wooded valley with a cascade. This work is one of Lely's finest portrait groups. in the international portrait style of the later 17th century, which derived from Van Dyck. Painted towards the end of the Commonwealth, it pre-dates the widespread popularity of the style resulting from its adoption by the French and English courts in the early 1660s.


By descent to the Reverend J.S.Brewis.

Venue details

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, MANCHESTER Greater Manchester M2 3JL 0161 235 8888

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