Portrait of Aphra Behn by Sir Peter Lely


This is a portrait of the playwright and poet Aphra Behn (1640?–1689), by the renowned court painter Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680). Behn’s dress and hairstyle indicate that the likeness was made in the early 1670s.

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Aphra Behn
c. 1670
Painting / Image
Peter Lely
© Yale Center for British Art
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Public Domain
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Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA/ The Bridgeman Art Library

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