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Creator Sir Peter Lely, 1618–1680, Dutch, active in Britain (from 1643)
Title Diana Kirke, later Countess of Oxford
Date ca. 1665
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 52 x 41 inches (132.1 x 104.1 cm) Frame: 61 x 50 x 3 3/4 inches (154.9 x 127 x 9.5 cm)
Inscribed in ocher paint, lower right: "Diana Kirke | Cts, of Oxford."
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1981.25.756
Collection Paintings and Sculpture
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People Represented or Subject • Kirke, Diana (after 1646-1719), Countess of Oxford
Subject Terms countess | curls | earrings | flowers (plants) | jewels | nude | portrait | woman

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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