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ID number:  BIRBI-49.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Oliver, Isaac (c. 1565-1617)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Henry, Prince of Wales
Object type:  Portrait miniature
Culture:  British
Materials:  Watercolour on vellum
Measurements:  Oval, 5.5 x 4.6 cm, including frame
Provenance:  Collection of James II; French Royal Collection of Louis XIV; Given by George 2nd Early Spencer, First Lord of the Admiralty to James Edwards, 1801; sold at Christie's, 15 July 1820; sold at Christie's, 3 February 1827; purchased by Rev. Thomas Butts who married the widow of James Edwards; sold at Christie's, 13 June 1928 (lot 49), purchased by Mr Harry Seal; his sale at Christie's, 16 February 1949 (lot 103) for £651

Nearly full-face portrait, turned slightly to the right, wearing a suit of armour richly damascened with gold arabesques, the ribbon of the Garter and white lace ruff; his fair hair combed back from the forehead; red curtain background.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed left bacground with monogram of 'I.O'

Notes:  Painted c. 1610 and originally in the Royal Collection. Prince Henry (1594-1612) wears the ribbon of the Garter. Several related miniatures are known, including ones in the Royal Collection, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and in the Duke of Buccleuch's collection.

Exhibited: South Kensington, Special exhibition of Portrait Miniatures, 1865 (2563); New Gallery, Monarchs of Great Britain and Ireland, 1902 (229); Victoria and Albert Museum, Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, 1947 (177); 'Secret Faces: An Exhibition of Unseen Portrait Miniatures from Public and Private Collections', Philip Mound Gallery, London, UK, 28 May 2008 - 14 June 2008

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Oliver, Isaac
c. 1565
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