It is with not more honourable originals than poor 'Nan Clarges' that Lely's name as a painter is chiefly associated.
Lely was nearly as famous for crayon work as for oil-painting.
Lely imitated Vandyke's manner, and approached the nearest to him of all the moderns.
You have heard what Cromwell said, when Lely was about to paint this picture?
A beautiful picture it was, like some old portrait of Lely's, the maid standing there framed in the old oak.
But there was one thing which Lely assuredly took upon himself to qualify; to wit, the redness of the nose.
Lely thereupon unmindfully sat down rather heavily—and disturbed an elaborate piece of scenery.
There are also paintings here by Lely and Mascall, and there is a good deal of fine statuary in the grounds.
There is nothing elevated in the whole countenance, as Lely has painted her, and her history is a disgrace to her age and time.
Next to this is a singular picture, which might be one of Lely's, but bears no name of the artist.