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Peter Oliver (1589-1647)

A Self-Portrait c.1620-5

Watercolour on vellum laid on playing card | 7.6 x 6.1 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 420029

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The dynamism of the sitter's pose and its deliberately unfinished state marks a break with the more static, formalised miniatures of the Jacobean period. Peter Oliver was employed by Charles I to produce miniature copies of the King's favourite old master paintings, which were kept in special locking cases in the King's Closet at Whitehall.