Anne of Denmark
Anne of Denmark
by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1612
2 in. x 1 5/8 in. (51 mm x 41 mm) oval
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1957
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Sitterback to top
- Anne of Denmark (1574-1619), Queen of James I. Sitter associated with 48 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Isaac Oliver (circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 72 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
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As Anne's official limner, Oliver painted numerous miniatures of her which were often intended as gifts. She spent lavishly on jewellery and was proud of her Danish ancestry; the crowned 'S' jewel probably refers to her mother, Sophia of Mecklenburg. Her jewelled locket may contain another miniature, perhaps of the intended recipient of this portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- MacLeod, Catharine (preface, appreciation) Wilks, Timothy (introduction) Smuts, Malcolm (appreciation) MacGibbon, Rab (appendix), The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 October 2012 to 13 January 2013), p. 55
- 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. 23
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 14
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 8
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 69
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 22
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Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1612back to top
Current affairsAged 18, Henry, Prince of Wales dies suddenly, probably from typhoid, sparking widespread mourning throughout the country, and abroad. James I's second son, Charles, becomes heir apparent.
Edward Wightman, a Baptist and alleged heretic, is the last person to be burnt at the stake in England.
Art and scienceThe literary world memorialises Henry, Prince of Wales after his death. Among those who lamented the loss of the popular prince were John Donne and Sir Walter Ralegh.
Thomas Shelton's English translation of the first half of Don Quixote is published, the first translation of the novel into any language.
InternationalThe betrothal of James I's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, to Frederick, elector palatine, strengthens the Protestant union made between England and German princes under Frederick, concluded earlier in the year.
East India Company claims victory against the Portuguese in the Battle of Swally off the coast of Suvali, India.
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