Peter Oliver, portrait of an unknown woman

Peter Oliver, portrait of an unknown woman

Peter Oliver (about 1594-1647)
Portrait of an unknown woman, probably Venetia Stanley
About 1615-22
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a playing card
Signed on the left 'PO' in monogram
Museum no. P.3-1950
Purchased with funds from the Captain H.B. Murray Bequest

This probably shows Venetia Stanley (1600-33), who was renowned at court for her beauty and intellect. In 1625 she married her childhood sweetheart Sir Kenelm Digby.