The Courtauld has drawn together a sensual group of canvases from early in the career of Peter Lely, England's leading painter from the Civil War to the end of Charles II's reign.

Although he is chiefly remembered today for his portraits of languid society beauties, Lely produced a number of lyrical subject pictures in his early career, their poetic character presenting a contrast with the political turmoil of the times.

This group of enigmatic paintings are large in scale and united by strong lighting, idealised landscape settings and a sense of theatricality and sensuality. Twelve of these beautiful canvases will be reunited in the Courtauld’s winter show.

The Courtauld Gallery

Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London, WC2R 0RN

020 7848 2526


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.30pm)

Free to all

Free entry with National Art Pass

50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2019

Receive 10% off purchases at The Courtauld Gallery shop with your National Art Pass.

Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more

Exhibitions nearby

Back to top