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Isaac Oliver (circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 71 portraits
Oliver was born in Rouen and appears to have trained as an artist before he came to England with his family as a Huguenot refugee. Isaac Oliver learnt the art of miniature painting from Nicholas Hilliard but unlike Hilliard, and perhaps as a result of studying continental art, he used light and shade (chiaroscuro) to develop a softer, more illusionistic style. Oliver was appointed miniaturist to Anne of Denmark, wife of James I.

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Isaac Oliver

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 4852


Isaac OIiver

possibly by Hendrik Hondius (Hond), after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, possibly early 17th century
NPG D25560


Isaac OIiver

by Johann Sebastian Müller, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1762
NPG D25561


Isaac Oliver

by John Girtin
etching, possibly early 19th century
NPG D25559


Isaac Oliver

by Robert Cooper
line and stipple engraving, 1826
NPG D25562