Painted Ladies: Women in the Court of Charles II

Cover, Painted Ladies: Women in the Court of Charles II

Edited by Catharine MacLeod and Julia Marciari Alexander

Essays by Kevin Sharpe, Diana Dethloff, and Sonya Wynne

Published by the National Portrait Gallery in association with the Yale Center for British Art

256 pages, 11 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches, 120 illustrations, cloth, ISBN 9781855143210

Publication date: January 22, 2002


The first new study of Restoration portraiture in nearly twenty years, this exhibition catalogue looks at some of the most beautiful and fascinating portraits of court women of the period, from royal brides and daughters to mistresses and actresses. By studying the context in which their portraits were produced against the biographies and reputations of the women themselves, this book sheds new light on one of the most complex and intriguing areas of British art history.

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