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
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Sitterback to top
- Peter Oliver (circa 1589-1647), Miniature painter; eldest son of Isaac Oliver. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 17 portraits.
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
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Hamilton, Peter; Hargreaves, Roger, The Beautiful and the Damned: The Creation of Identity in Nineteenth Century Portrait Photography, 2001 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 6 June to 7 October 2001), p. 4853
- 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. 25
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 467
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 27
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.