Looking at the Women behind the Windsor Beauties

Looking at the Women behind the Windsor Beauties

The gallery of so-called ‘Windsor Beauties’ is the name given to the collection of portraits painted by Sir Peter Lely (1618-80) of celebrated courtesans and women of the nobility in Restoration England, which can be seen – and indeed, still admired – in the Communication Gallery at Hampton Court Palace. At least two of these portraits will feature in the forthcoming exhibition at The Queen’s…

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