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Isaac Oliver

(circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 72 portraits
Oliver was born in Rouen and came to England with his family as a Huguenot refugee. He learnt the art of miniature painting from Nicholas Hilliard but unlike Hilliard, and as a result of his understanding of continental art, he used light and shade (chiaroscuro) to develop a softer, more illusionistic style. Oliver was appointed miniaturist to Anne of Denmark, wife of James I, and later to their eldest son Henry, Prince of Wales.

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Isaac Oliver, by Isaac Oliver - NPG 4852

Isaac Oliver

by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 4852

Isaac Oliver, by Robert de Baudous, published by  Hendrik Hondius (Hond) - NPG D25560

Isaac Oliver

by Robert de Baudous, published by Hendrik Hondius (Hond)
line engraving, circa 1610
NPG D25560

Isaac Oliver, by John Sebastian Miller (formerly Johann Sebastian Müller), after  Isaac Oliver - NPG D25561

Isaac Oliver

by John Sebastian Miller (formerly Johann Sebastian Müller), after Isaac Oliver
line engraving, 1762
NPG D25561

Isaac Oliver, by John Girtin - NPG D25559

Isaac Oliver

by John Girtin
etching, possibly early 19th century
NPG D25559

Isaac Oliver, by Robert Cooper - NPG D25562

Isaac Oliver

by Robert Cooper
line and stipple engraving, 1826
NPG D25562

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