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Windsor Beauties

The Windsor Beauties are a famous collection of paintings by Sir Peter Lely, painted in the early to mid-1660s.

They were originally housed in the Queen's bedchamber in Windsor Castle (hence the name Windsor Beauties). They can now be seen at Hampton Court Palace.

The Portraits

The Royal Collection includes ten portraits as part of the set. They show the ladies at three-quarter length in various poses. Some ladies wear current fashions; others are draped in loose robes intended to evoke classical antiquity.

List of "Beauties"

The original set of "Beauties" painted by Lely include, depending on the source:

The portraits for the first ten names are included at the Royal Collection website as "probably commissioned by Anne Hyde, Duchess of York."

The Duchess of York does not figure in the above list often; but since she was largely responsible for the collection (and choosing the sitters), she was also painted as part of the series. Possibly a little flattery from Lely was responsible for this.


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cunningham, Peter (1865). "The Early Painters of England: Peter Lely". The Art-Journal. 27 (Vol. 4, New series): p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Melville, Lewis (2005). The Windsor Beauties: Ladies of the Court of Charles II (Revised ed.). Ann Arbor: Victorian Heritage Press. pp. i.  

External links

  • Search for Windsor Beauties by Sir Peter Lely at the Royal Collection website
  • The Windsor Beauties: Ladies of the Court of Charles II by Lewis Melville. Loving Healing Press, 2005. ISBN 1-932690-14-X, ISBN 978-1-932690-14-9
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