Peter Oliver (British, 1589-1647)
'Venus and Cupid'
Venus, seated in an upholstered chair, bare breasted, wearing blue armlet, pink and blue robes and yellow veil in her hair, attended by Cupid to her left, gilded border.
Watercolour on vellum, dated on the obverse in gold 1645, gilt-metal frame by James Seamer, 1705 with engraved border and pierced spiral cresting, the reverse engraved with monogram, JS (James Sotheby) and bearing City of Manchester Art Gallery label.
Oval, 94mm (3 11/16in) high
Provenance: James Sotheby, purchased 30 November 1703
by descent to Major-General Frederick Edward Sotheby, of Ecton Hall, Northampton
'The Sotheby Heirlooms', part I (The Highly Important Collection of English Portrait Miniature of the 16th and 17th Centuries), Sotheby's, 11 October 1955, lot 48, ill.opp.p.24
Exhibited: Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures, 1889, p.61, no.12
City of Manchester Art Gallery
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