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Female figure playing the lute
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Female figure playing the lute

Circa 1610

Isaac Oliver I (ca. 1565 - 1617)

Height: 18.5 cm; Width: 14.7 cm;

Label, JAMES BOURLET & SONS Ltd., / Fine Art Packers, Frame Makers. / F32704 / 17 & 18, NASSAU STREET, / MORTIMER STREET, W. / Phones, --MUSEUM 1871 & 7588 //
Inscription, Isa, Oliver. From the Pembroke, Barclay and W.A.Clarke collections.
Collector's mark
Inscription, W
Inscription, Isa, Oliver.

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
These finely detailed studies are among the earliest English drawings in the collection. Known chiefly as a miniature painter, Oliver learnt his craft from Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619). His early work is close to that of his master but in style and subject matter comes to reveal a continental influence new in England. Many of his drawings have classical, allegorical and religious themes. He was also influenced by Parmigianino (1503-1540) whose work he had become familiar with on a visit to Venice in 1596. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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