Trained in the Netherlands, Lely succeeded Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) as the leading portraitist in Britain. His predecessor had created a remarkably successful self-image for the country's elite. Lely adapted this model, offering his sitters elegant, cool images. He frequently repeated compositions from one portrait to another; this is an example. The execution is quick and assured, if geared towards efficiency: the quickly applied highlights on the subject's sleeve and sash amount to a formula. Artistic invention and individuality were less important to his clients than the "look"- the shared style that united the sitter with his peers.