A portrait miniature of Lady Sarah Hastings (nee Harrington)  (1566-1629) in mourning dress and lace widow's peak
A portrait miniature of Lady Sarah Hastings (nee Harrington)  (1566-1629) in mourning dress and lace widow's peak
A portrait miniature of Lady Sarah Hastings (nee Harrington)  (1566-1629) in mourning dress and lace widow's peak

PETER OLIVER (c.1594-1647)

A portrait miniature of Lady Sarah Hastings (nee Harrington) (1566-1629) in mourning dress and lace widow's peak

c. 1628 United Kingdom

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Set in turned pear wood frame
Sarah Harington was the daughter of Sir James Harington and Lucy Sydney.

She married, aged 20 in 1586,Francis Hastings, Lord Hastings, (c.1560-1595) son of George Hastings, 4th Earl of Huntingdon and Dorothy Hastings. She married, secondly, Sir George Kingsmill, (b.1539) justice of the common pleas. In 1611, aged 45, she married, thirdly, Edward la Zouche, 11th Lord Zouche (of Haryngworth), son of George la Zouche, 10th Lord Zouche (of Haryngworth) and Margaret Welby. He died in 1625. She married, fourthly, Sir Thomas Edmondes in 1626, aged 63. She died on 3 October 1629

The costumes shown in the portrait particular in the shape of the ruff suggests that this miniature was taken around the time that Cornelius Johnson took her portrait, circa 1628 after the death of her fourth husband Sir Thomas Edmondes.

The eldest son of Isaac Oliver, Peter trained in his father's studio but developed his own softer style. As a miniature painter, Peter was in demand both inside and outside royal circles of his day. From the 1620s he was engaged primarily in making miniature copies of Old Masters.

After his father's death in 1617 Peter continued the production of official images of the Court, mainly of Charles as Prince of Wales and as King, and perhaps especially of Princess Elizabeth, wife of the Elector of Palatine and Winter Queen of Bohemia. Peter Oliver's works were avidly collected-he received a pension from Charles I, who spent huge sums on his miniatures of Italian and Flemish old master paintings in the Royal Collection. Peter Oliver seems to have moved in elite intellectual circles, encountering figures such as the Royal Physician and friend of Rubens, Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, who collected recipes on limning techniques. Peter Oliver likely trained the next generation of miniature painters, who ushered in a "new" manner of limning and paved the way for the dramatic expansion of the profession in the eighteenth century. An innovative draughtsman and an ambitious inventor of pictorial narrative, Peter Oliver was a prolific artist whose works are scattered across public and private collections across the UK.
minor loss of paint in the ruff and spots on the face
Dimensions
Height 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
Stock Code
5202
Medium
gouache and bodycolour on vellum, blue background with gold border
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