by Peter Oliver
graphite and watercolour on card, circa 1625-1630
3 3/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (86 mm x 67 mm) oval
Given by the Art Fund, 1971
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Artistback to top
- Peter Oliver (circa 1589-1647), Miniature painter; eldest son of Isaac Oliver. Artist associated with 17 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait of Anne, the wife of the miniaturist Peter Oliver, is found on the reverse of one of the artist's self-portraits. After her husband's death, Anne exchanged a number of his works for a pension by Charles II of £300 a year. On learning that the king had given them away to his mistresses she said, rather unwisely, that he would never have had them if she had known they were going to 'such whores, bastards or strumpets'. The pension was stopped forthwith.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 467
Events of 1625back to top
Current affairsJames I dies at Theobalds Palace, Hertfordshire and the Prince of Wales becomes Charles I. Charles's queen, Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henry IV of France, arrives in Dover escorted by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.
The court moves to Oxford temporarily due to an outbreak of the bubonic plague.
Art and scienceUnder the patronage of the queen, a new theatre company is formed, the Queen Henrietta's Men. Richard Perkins is a founding member.
InternationalEdward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon, is recommended by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham to command a naval expedition to Spain. Though some Spanish ships were captured, Wimbledon failed to destroy Cadiz where most of the Spanish fleet was moored.
Treaty of The Hague is signed between England and the Dutch Empire.