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My Dearest Heart By Penelope Hunting

My Dearest Heart by Penelope Hunting

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The life and work of Mary Beale (1633-1699), wife, mother, author and professional portrait painter.

My Dearest Heart Summary

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.

My Dearest Heart Reviews

'Hunting's admirably detailed reconstruction of Beale's networks puts the painter at the centre of London's artistic, literary and scientific life...the detail and sympathy of her biography make it a fitting tribute to a woman who is again being recognised as a major figure in 17th century British portraiture' Breeze Barrington, Apollo

About Penelope Hunting

Penelope Hunting graduated with an honours degree in history from the University of London, followed by a PhD in architectural history. She has written books on the history of London, the City livery companies and two historical biographies. Her History of the Royal Society of Medicine (2001) received an award from the Society of Authors. Her most recent book, Riot and Revolution, (2013) is a biography of the seventeenth-century Lord Mayor of London, Sir Robert Geffery. Dr Hunting is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Chairman of the London Topographical Society and a trustee of the Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea.

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