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Mary II

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1677 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lely, Peter (Sir), born 1618 - died 1680 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on vellum put down on pasteboard

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 6, box 2

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, three-quarter length, seated and turned to front, resting her right hand on her knee; in the left background is a column an a vase containing a plant. Features in soft and tentative strokes of brown, with black in the eyes and a white highlight, on a very pale carnation ground; hair in pale brown wash, hatched and lined, and generally worked over in darker colour with some grey gouache for the lights; chemise in pale grey wash, modelled in grey and thick white; dress in dark pink wash, worked over in gummy dark red and with the lights in pink-grey gouache; the mantle in blue wash, modelled in darker colour and with the lights in pale grey; curtain in dark orange-brown over orange wash; architecture in pink-grey gouache and dark grey over a pale brown wash; plant in green and dark brown with touches of purple and white for the flowers; a gold marginal strip; on vellum put down on pasteboard.

Frame: Black stained and polished fruitwood veneer over oak; the joints mitred at the front and halved at the back; a broad composite bolection moulding; oak backboard and simple brass ring screw-in hanger. Inscribed on the backboard in black paint: 689E [truncated?]. A nearly illegible early ink inscription: possibly P[ ... Anne[ ... ]/ Gr[ ... ]; and on an old paper label, in ink: C or possibly E, and a flourish in graphite.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca.1677 (painted)


Lely, Peter (Sir), born 1618 - died 1680 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on vellum put down on pasteboard


Height: 154 mm, Width: 126 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Acquired by John Jones from an unrecorded source, and by him bequeathed to the Museum, February 1882

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown woman, said to be Mary II, watercolour on vellum, English School, probably after Sir Peter Lely, ca.1677.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London: The Stationery Office in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1997.


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted

Pearls; Woman; Column


Paintings; Portraits; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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