Isaac Oliver, portrait of Sir Arundel Talbot

Isaac Oliver, portrait of Sir Arundel Talbot

Isaac Oliver (about 1560-1617)
Portrait of Sir Arundel Talbot
1596
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a playing card, with an inverted heart visible Inscribed on the back by the artist in Latin 'The 13th day of May 1596 /at Venice /done by Mr Isaac Oliver /Frenchman I.O.May 14th /for £8 '.A further inscription in a later hand,in Latin,'Living and true image /of Arundel Talbot /Gilded Knight '
Museum no.P.4-1917

Miniaturists painted the carnation (a smooth layer of flesh coloured paint), the background and costume using more pigment and less binder. This mix created a smooth, solid surface. They then used transparent colour to model the facial features over the earlier opaque layer. This miniature is unfinished and has not been cut from its rectangular support.