BEALE, Mary
(b. 1633, Barrow, d. 1699, London)

Portrait of the Artist's Husband Charles Beale

c. 1681
Oil on canvas, 125 x 100 cm
Private collection

This painting represents a three quarter length portrait of the artist's husband Charles Beale (1632-1705), dressed in an open-necked shirt with brown gown, his left hand resting on a large folio book which stands on a table. Charles Beale assumed responsibility for organizing his wife's commissions and payments. He recorded these details and much other incidental information in a series of notebooks, which provide an exceptional amount of documentation for an artist of this period.

The canvas is contained in a fine 17th-century carved and gilded frame.