James McArdell after Sir Peter Lely
22 x 28.5 inches
A three-quarter length portrait of Lady Middleton, engraved by McArdell after Lely and published in London in 1760.
Jane Middleton (1645-1692) was considered a beauty of the Restoration, one of a group of devastatingly attractive ladies who collectively became known as The Windsor Beauties. Her entry in the Dictionary of National Biography describes her thus: "representing a soft and slightly torpid type of blonde loveliness, with voluptuous figure, full lips, auburn hair and dark hazel eyes". Little wonder that men went crazy for her. Once married she was pursued relentlessly at court and is known to have taken both Ralph Montagu and the Earl of Rochester to her bed.