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Three-quarter-length portrait of the artist and the architect. Lely is standing in a red suit with a grey cloak and white shirt; May is seated, in brown with a white shirt and lace cuffs, he is holding an architectural drawing. A bust of Grinling Gibbons is between them, and a view of Windsor Castle is to the right.

This double portrait was painted to commemorate May's appointment as Comptroller of the King's Works at Windsor Castle, for the rebuilding of which he holds a plan. Gibbons also worked at Windsor and seems to have owed his advancement in some way to Lely.

English Heritage, Audley End House

Saffron Walden


Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680) and Hugh May (1621–1684)




oil on canvas


H 143.5 x W 182.5 cm

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Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF England

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