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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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Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby, by Isaac Oliver - NPG 6302

Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 6302

Isaac Oliver, by Isaac Oliver - NPG 4852

Isaac Oliver

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 4852

Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses'), attributed to Isaac Oliver - NPG 6947

Queen Elizabeth I ('Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses')

attributed to Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 6947

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, by Isaac Oliver - NPG 4966

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, after 1596
NPG 4966

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, possibly after Isaac Oliver - NPG 487

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

possibly after Isaac Oliver
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 17th century? (circa 1603-1605)
NPG 487

Ludovic Stuart, 1st Duke of Richmond and 2nd Duke of Lennox, by Isaac Oliver - NPG 3063

Ludovic Stuart, 1st Duke of Richmond and 2nd Duke of Lennox

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, heart-shaped, circa 1605
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3063

Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, by Isaac Oliver - NPG 2494

Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1610-1615
NPG 2494

Henry, Prince of Wales, studio of Isaac Oliver - NPG 1572

Henry, Prince of Wales

studio of Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1610
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1572

Henry, Prince of Wales, after Isaac Oliver - NPG 407

Henry, Prince of Wales

after Isaac Oliver
oil on canvas, (circa 1610)
NPG 407

Anne of Denmark, by Isaac Oliver - NPG 4010

Anne of Denmark

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1612
NPG 4010

King Charles I, studio of Isaac Oliver - NPG 3064

King Charles I

studio of Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, (circa 1612)
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3064

John Donne, after Isaac Oliver - NPG 1849

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
oil on canvas, (1616)
NPG 1849

Queen Elizabeth I, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25180

Queen Elizabeth I

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, probably late 16th to early 17th century
NPG D25180

John Donne, after Isaac Oliver - NPG D21407

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21407

Isaac OIiver, by and published by Hendrik Hondius (Hond), after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25560

Isaac OIiver

by and published by Hendrik Hondius (Hond), after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, circa 1600-1650
NPG D25560

Queen Elizabeth I, by Simon de Passe, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D42191

Queen Elizabeth I

by Simon de Passe, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, circa 1615-1620
NPG D42191

Queen Elizabeth I, by Charles David, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D20336

Queen Elizabeth I

by Charles David, after Isaac Oliver
engraving, circa 1625-1636
NPG D20336

Queen Elizabeth I, probably by William Faithorne, published by  Sir Robert Peake, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D22813

Queen Elizabeth I

probably by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake, after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, circa 1640
NPG D22813

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, after Isaac Oliver - NPG D25136

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, possibly 18th century
NPG D25136

Anne of Denmark, by George Vertue, after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D21404

Anne of Denmark

by George Vertue, after Isaac Oliver
pencil, ink and wash, circa 1717 (circa 1610)
NPG D21404

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