Pilkington says of Lely, 'He had a very peculiar expression in the eyes of his female figures; a tender languishment, a look of blended sweeteness and drowsiness, unattempted before his time. The hands of his portraits are remarkably fine; and elegantly turned.' [P. 81.]
Second Exhibition of Pictures in Dalhousie College. Under the Patronage of Lady Sarah Maitland. Halifax, N.S. Printed by J.S. Cunnabell--Argyle-Street. 1831.