Robert Peake the Elder (circa 1551-1619), Portrait and decorative painter
Artist associated with 8 portraits
Robert Peake the Elder was a painter active in the later part of Elizabeth I's reign and for most of the reign of James I. In 1604, he was appointed picture maker to Prince Henry, and in 1607, serjeant-painter to King James I, a post he shared with John De Critz. Peake was the only English-born painter of a group of four artists whose workshops were closely connected. The others were De Critz, Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, and the miniature painter Isaac Oliver. Peake was the father of William Peake, painter and printseller, and grandfather of Sir Robert Peake, printseller.