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Description - My Dearest Heart: The Artist Mary Beale (1633-1699) by Penelope Hunting

  • This is the first biography of Mary Beale.
  • Mary Beale is a favorite of the court painter Sir Peter Lely, who visited her studio and praised her work.
  • She was the most prolific professional female artist of the seventeenth century: in one
    year, 1677, she completed eighty-three portraits.
  • Mary Beale is seen as a feminists icon for women artists because she succeeded in the male world of portrait painting.
  • The largest collection of her portraits are held at Moyses Hall Museum but her work is also on display at Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, and Geffrye Museum.

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