Portrait of an unknown widow by Mary Beale

Mary Beale was born in Barrow, near Bury St.


Oil on canvas
76 x 64 cm
Acquired in:
Bequeathed by:
Richard Jeffree through The Art Fund

Edmunds in Suffolk. Although the historian George Vertue suggests that she was a pupil of Sir Peter Lely, Mary Beale's early training is unknown. By 1670 Mary Beale was established in Pall Mall as a professional portrait painter, rising to the peak of her success in 1677. She was able to adapt to the change of fashion in portraiture after the sudden death of Lely in 1680.


Richard Jeffree.

Venue details

Moyse's Hall Museum Moyses Hall Museum, Cornhill, BURY ST EDMUNDS Suffolk IP33 1DX 01284 706 183 www.weststow.org

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.30)

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun, 12noon – 4pm Last entry one hour before closing Closed Bank Holidays

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