London 1584 - 1647
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, CIRCA 1630
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, mounted on prepared card, gilt-metal frame
47 by 38 mm.
This miniature is very fresh.
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Sale, London, Christie's, 18 December 1990, lot 76
This miniature would appear to be an allegorical rather than a straightforward representational portrait. In terms of technique and presentation it may be compared with Peter Oliver's 'The head of St John' formerly in the collection of James Sotheby (sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 October 1955, lot 46).