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Isaac Oliver (c. 1565-1617)

A Self-Portrait c.1590

Watercolour on vellum laid on card | 4.5 x 3.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 420034

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The three-quarter length format and swaggering hand-on-hip pose seen here are more commonly seen in full-scale portraiture of the period than miniature painting. As this self-portrait attests, Isaac Oliver's miniatures had a strong sense of three-dimensionality that particularly appealed to Anne of Denmark, although her husband, James I, continued to favour the more traditional style of Nicholas Hilliard with whom Oliver had trained.