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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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6302

Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 6302

4852

Isaac Oliver

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 4852

6947

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

attributed to Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1590
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6947

4966

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, after 1596
NPG 4966

487

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

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

3063

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

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, heart-shaped, circa 1605
NPG 3063

2494

Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork

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

1572

Henry, Prince of Wales

studio of Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1610
NPG 1572

407

Henry, Prince of Wales

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

4010

Anne of Denmark

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1612
NPG 4010

3064

King Charles I

studio of Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, (circa 1612)
NPG 3064

1849

John Donne

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

D25180

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D21407

John Donne

after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D21407

D25560

Isaac OIiver

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

D42191

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D20336

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D22813

Queen Elizabeth I

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

D25136

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

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

D21404

Anne of Denmark

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