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Sir Peter Lely, 1618–1680, Dutch, active in England (from 1643)

Diana Kirke, later Countess of Oxford

ca. 1665
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 52 x 41 inches (132.1 x 104.1 cm)

Inscribed in ocher paint, lower right: "Diana Kirke | Cts, of Oxford."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
countess | curls | earrings | flowers (plants) | jewels | nude | portrait | woman
Associated People:
Kirke, Diana (after 1646-1719), Countess of Oxford
On view

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, pp. 4, 9, 15, no. 35, color plate 2, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Ronald Brymer Beckett, Lely., Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1951, p. 57, no. 407, NJ18 L54 B43 (YCBA)

Christie's Sale Catalogue: English Pictures. Friday, 6 April 1973, Christie's, 1973, p. 23, No. 71, Sales Catalogue

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 144-145, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Brett Dolman, Beauty sex and power, a story of debauchery and decadent art at the late Stuart court, 1660-1714 , Scala : Historic Royal Palaces, London, 2012, p. 56, ND1314.3 .D65 2012 (YCBA)

Antonia Fraser, The weaker vessel, woman's lot in seventeenth-century England , Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1984, HQ1593 F7 (YCBA)

Flora Fraser, The English gentlewoman, Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1987, p. 56, HQ1593 F7 (YCBA)

Karen Hearn, Lady Anne Clifford, culture, patronage and gender in 17th-century Britain , no. 7, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds, 2009, fig. 21, DA378.P4 L34 2009 (YCBA)

Catharine MacLeod, Painted ladies, women at the court of Charles II , National Portrait Gallery, London, 2001, pp. 100-01, 243, no. 21, ND1314.3 M23 2001 (YCBA)

Julia Marciari-Alexander, This other Eden, paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1998, p. 34, no. 6, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (YCBA)

John McDonald, A Feast of Mellon, Sydney Morning Herald, May 9, 1998, p. 14, Film An Sy25 (SML) Also Available Online (Factiva database)

Oliver Millar, Sir Peter Lely, 1618-80, [catalogue of an] exhibition at [the] National Portrait Gallery, 17 November, 1978 to 18 March, 1979 , National Portrait Gallery, London, 1978, no. 46, NJ18 L54 M55 (YCBA)

National Portrait Gallery, London; Exhibit, Art International, Vol. 22, February 1979, pp. 43-44, N1 A1 A7 + (A & A)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Portrait of Diana Kirke, Apollo, July 1973, p. 75, fig. 7, N1 A54 + (YCBA)

Aileen Ribeiro, Fashion and fiction, dress in art and literature in Stuart England , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2005, p. 270, pl. 173, NX650 C663 R53+ (YCBA)

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, pp. 4, 9, 15, no. 35, col. pl. . 2, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Malcolm Rogers, Some Beauties of Sir Peter Lely, Connoisseur, v. 200, no. 804, February 1979, pp. 106-13, N1 C75 + (YCBA)

J. D. Stewart, The Lely Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London: Exhibit, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 121,no.911, February 1979, pp. 129-33, fig. 98, N1 B87 + (YCBA)

The Sale Room, Apollo, v. 98, no. 137, July 1973, pp. 74-5, fig. 7, N1 A54+ (YCBA)

Randolph Vigne, From strangers to citizens, the integration of immigrant communities in Britain, Ireland, and colonial America, 1550-1750 , Sussex Academic Press, Brighton Portland, 2001, p. 23, no. 71, DA125 A1 F76X 2001 (SML)

Ellis Waterhouse, The Dictionary of 16th & 17th Century British Painters, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1988, p. 174, ND464 W38 1988 (LC) (YCBA)

John Wilmerding, In honor of Paul Mellon, collector and benefactor, Essays , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC & Hanover, NH, 1986, p. 266, fig. 7, N7442.2 M455 1986 (YCBA)

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