Richard Legh (1634-1687)
Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680)
Oil painting on canvas, Richard Legh (1634-1687) by Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680). Three-quarter-length portrait, seated, turned to the left, gazing att the spectator, wearing a long brown wig, breastplate, with broad pink silk sash around his waist, gold striped sleeves slashed to reveal full white shirt, full brown breeches and cravat tied with a pink ribbon, his left elbow resting on a sculptured stone plinth, his right holding a court sword, falling diagonally between his legs. Background of trees with landscape beyond to the left.
Original to the house. This was probably one of the two Lely portraits mentioned in the will of Elizabeth Legh in 1724.
Marks and inscriptions
Lely pinxit 1667 Mr Legh / No. 14 (written on the lining canvas)
Makers and roles
Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist