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 1594-1647), Miniature painter; eldest son of Isaac Oliver. Artist associated with 17 portraits, Sitter associated with 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