(n/a) Peter Oliver (British, 1589-1647) Self-portrait in profile to the left, wearing doublet and white lawn collar, with moustache and beard
Lot 3*
(n/a) Peter Oliver
(British, 1589-1647)
Self-portrait in profile to the left, wearing doublet and white lawn collar, with moustache and beard
Sold for £84,000 (US$ 106,037) inc. premium

Lot Details
(n/a) Peter Oliver (British, 1589-1647)
Self-portrait in profile to the left, wearing doublet and white lawn collar, with moustache and beard.
Watercolour on vellum, rectangular silver frame with pierced spiral cresting.
Oval, 80mm (3 1/8in) high
Provenance: Limner Antiques, April 1985

Footnotes

  • The present lot relates closely to a self-portrait sketch in The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York (purchased Samuel Reynolds Solly sale, Christie's, 8 December 1982, lot 241), see exhibition catalogue Hilliard to Hogarth, Yale Center, 1985, no.38.

    Another self-portrait of Peter Oliver, in profile to the right was sold, Christie's, 8 June 1971, lot 82 (3800gns.). This portrait along with one of his wife are now in the National Portrait Gallery, London, no.4853, see Daphne Foskett, Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, London, 1972, vol.II, ill.pl.254, no.631. This example shows Oliver at almost the same age and is signed PO se ipse. In comparison, the present lot is worked to a more finished state.

    Peter was the eldest son of the miniaturist Isaac Oliver and his first wife, Elizabeth. The Olivers were Huguenot refugees from Rouen who settled in Blackfriars, London. Peter Oliver married Anne Harding (1593–1672), the younger sister of his father's third wife.

    Peter was trained in the art of miniature by his father, and through the early part of his career his work is virtually indistinguishable from that of Isaac, except by signature. He succeeded his father's place at court, continuing the production of official images of Charles as Prince of Wales and as king, and of Princess Elizabeth, wife of the Elector Palatine. From the late 1620s, the painting of ‘histories in limning’ became his primary concern. For an example of his work within this genre, see lot 54. He was the first professional miniaturist to adopt the practice, of using pre-prepared gessoed leaves from commercial ‘table books’ to support his vellum.

    Oliver died at Isleworth and was buried beside his father at the church of St Anne Blackfriars. The church, together with the tomb of the Olivers, was destroyed in the great fire of London in 1666. He had no children, and left his estate, including many miniatures by himself and his father, to his widow.
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