Anne of Denmark

1 portrait

Anne of Denmark, by Isaac Oliver, circa 1612 - NPG 4010 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Anne of Denmark

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1612
2 in. x 1 5/8 in. (51 mm x 41 mm) oval
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 4010

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Sitterback to top

  • Anne of Denmark (1574-1619), Queen of James I. Sitter associated with 44 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Isaac Oliver (circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 71 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

This portraitback to top

As Anne's official limner, Oliver painted numerous miniatures of her which were often intended as gifts. She spent lavishly on jewellery and was proud of her Danish ancestry; the crowned 'S' jewel probably refers to her mother, Sophia of Mecklenburg. Her jewelled locket may contain another miniature, perhaps of the intended recipient of this portrait.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • MacLeod, Catharine (preface, appreciation) Wilks, Timothy (introduction) Smuts, Malcolm (appreciation) MacGibbon, Rab (appendix), The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 October 2012 to 13 January 2013), p. 55
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 23
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 14
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 8
  • Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 22

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