Oil painting on canvas, Arabella Bankes, Mrs Gilly (b.1642), by Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), circa 1660/1665. A three-quarter length portrait, seated on the plinth of a fountain, landscape background right, wearing a blue-grey satin dress; she holds a glass jar, its lid on her lap. Arabella Bankes, Mrs Gilly (b.1642), sixth daughter of Sir John Bankes (1589-1644) and Mary Hawtrey (1598-1661). She married Samuel Gilly of High Hall, Wimborne (the house which was later owned by John Fitch, whose brother Sir Thomas Fitch had contracted in 1663 to build the brickwork at Kingston Lacy under the direction of Sir Roger Pratt).
Probably commissioned by the sitter's brother, Sir Ralph Bankes (?1631-1677), and thence by descent, until bequeathed by Henry John Ralph Bankes (1902 – 1981) to the National Trust, together with the estates of Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy and its entire contents in 1981
Kingston Lacy, The Bankes Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist
Howarth 1993 David Howarth (ed.) Art and Patronage at the Caroline Courts, New York and Cambridge 1993, pp.107-31.
Painted Ladies. Women at the Court of Charles II, National Portrait Gallery, 11 October 2001 - 6 January 2002, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, USA, 25 January - 17 March, 2002 , p. 50, fig. 19