Peter Oliver

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Peter Oliver, by Peter Oliver, circa 1625-1630 - NPG 4853 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Peter Oliver

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)
Given by The Art Fund, 1971
Primary Collection
NPG 4853


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  • Peter Oliver (circa 1589-1647), Miniature painter; eldest son of Isaac Oliver. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 17 portraits.

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  • Peter Oliver (circa 1589-1647), Miniature painter; eldest son of Isaac Oliver. Artist associated with 17 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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The early work of the miniaturist Peter Oliver is almost indistinguishable from that of his father Isaac. Later he liked to experiment with a variety of styles, favouring a relaxed form of sfumato. Sir Nathaniel Bacon said of his works that 'noe oyle painting could appear more warme and fleshly than those of his hand'. On the reverse of this self-portrait is a portrait of the artist's wife Anne.

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