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1618, Sep 141680, Nov 30
a painter of Dutch origin, whose career was nearly all spent in England, where he became the dominant portrait painter to the court. He arrived in London in around 1641, which was marked by the death of Anthony van Dyck in December. His early English paintings, mainly mythological or religious scenes, or portraits set in a pastoral landscape, show influences from Anthony van Dyck and the Dutch baroque. Lely's portraits were well received, and he succeeded Anthony van Dyck as the most fashionable portrait artist in England.
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