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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.