Women Artists of the Renaissance

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Mary Beale
English painter, 1633-1699

Mary Beale's father was an amateur painter and member of the Painter-Stainers' Company, a guild of decorative painters and fine artists. Through this group she knew many local artists including Robert Walker and Peter Lely. Mary was influenced by the work of Lely, and studied under Walker. Mary became a very successful portrait painter, though not much else is known about her life.

Artcyclopedia page for Mary Beale: Works at museums, galleries and image archives worldwide.

Self Portrait, ca.1675-80

Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

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