Portrait of a Youth

The sitter was formerly incorrectly identified as the poet Abraham Cowley (1618-67) but may be the painter's elder son, Bartholomew Beale (1656-1709), who appears at the age of about ten in Beale's 'Self-Portrait' in the National Portrait Gallery and has plausibly been recognised in other portraits by her (National Portrait Gallery; no.659; Althorp; Rugby School; see also Lely DPG563). Walsh and Jeffree suggest a date of c.1685.

Currently on display

Artist
Mary Beale
Date
c.1685
Location
Gallery 13 - East Wall
Dimensions
76.5 x 63.8 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Inscription
Signed in the bottom left spandrel: Mary Beale
Acquisition
Fairfax Murray Gift, 1911
Accession number
DPG574