Isaac Oliver (British, 1560/5-1617) A Gentleman, possibly Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales (1594–1612), wearing a black figured doublet cut to reveal gold embroidered white under-doublet with lawn collar trimmed with lace, gold hoop earring
Lot 23
Isaac Oliver
(British, 1560/5-1617)
A Gentleman, possibly Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales (1594–1612), wearing a black figured doublet cut to reveal gold embroidered white under-doublet with lawn collar trimmed with lace, gold hoop earring
Sold for £15,600 (US$ 26,248) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Isaac Oliver (British, 1560/5-1617)
A Gentleman, possibly Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales (1594–1612), wearing a black figured doublet cut to reveal gold embroidered white under-doublet with lawn collar trimmed with lace, gold hoop earring.
Watercolour on vellum, inscribed on the reverse Prince/ Edward (crossed through)/ brother to/ King Charls [sic]/ that was/ murdered, gilt-mounted in rectangular painted wood frame.
Oval, 51mm (2in) high
Provenance: Lady Cope-Strachan's Settlement; Christie's, 14 December 1971, lot 166
Sotheby's, 10 July 1990, lot 11

Footnotes

  • Isaac Oliver, employed by the precocious and sophisticated Prince Henry Frederick, produced many varied images of his patron. The physiognomy of the present sitter is close to that of accepted portraits of the Prince. In Bramshill, Its History and Architecture, Sir Williams Henry Cope, 12th Bt, noted of this miniature that it was 'A most beautiful specimen of Oliver's pencil'.

    Henry became Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland automatically on his birth. His father placed him in the care of Alexander Erskine, Earl of Mar, and out of the care of the boy's mother, because James worried that the mother's tendency toward Catholicism might affect the son. Although the child's removal caused enormous tension between Anne and James, Henry remained under the care of Mar's family until 1603, when James became King of England and his family moved south.

    Henry was interested in naval and military affairs, and national issues, about which he often disagreed with his father. The prince's popularity rose so high that it threatened his father. Relations between the two could be tense and on occasion surfaced in public. Henry is also said to have disliked his younger brother, Charles, and teased him, although this derives from only one anecdote: when Charles was nine years of age, Henry snatched off the hat of a bishop and put it on the younger child's head, then told his younger brother that when he became king he would make Charles Archbishop of Canterbury, and then Charles would have a long robe to hide his ugly rickety legs. Charles stamped on the cap and had to be dragged off in tears. Following his father's accession to the throne of England in 1603, Henry became Duke of Cornwall, and was invested Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester in 1610.

    As a young man, Henry showed great promise and was beginning to be active in leadership matters, but sadly died at the age of 18 from typhoid fever .
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