Mary

Beale

Artistic period 1651 to 1700

Nationality

English

Birth

1633 (Barrow)

Death

1699 (London)

Biography

Mary Beale (born Cradock; * around 1633 in Barrow; Suffolk; † 1699 in London) was an English portraitist who is regarded as the first professional painter in England. She was one of the best painters of the 17th century and made portraits of the most important people of her time, such as King Charles II and Archbishop John Tillotson. In modern times she became better known again due to an exhibition which was shown in 1975 in the Geffrye Museum.