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Portrait miniature - An Unknown Woman
  • An Unknown Woman
    Oliver, Isaac, born 1558 - died 1617
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An Unknown Woman

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1615 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver, Isaac, born 1558 - died 1617 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on vellum stuck to a playing card

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the Captain H B Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 1, box B

Physical description

Portrait miniature of a woman, head and shoulders, in an oval frame. Two diamonds are visible on the reverse of the support.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca. 1615 (painted)


Oliver, Isaac, born 1558 - died 1617 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on vellum stuck to a playing card

Marks and inscriptions

'Aetatis Suae 50.'
Inscribed, to the left of the head


Height: 55 mm, Width: 44 mm, Height: 75 mm Case, Width: 50 mm case, Depth: 4 mm case

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown woman, watercolour on vellum, painted by Isaac Oliver, ca. 1615.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Strong, Roy. Artists of the Tudor Court: the Portrait Miniature Rediscovered 1520-1620. London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983.
Bergmans, Simone. The Miniatures of Levina Teerling. Burlington Magazine. Vol. 64, No. 374, May, 1934. pp. 233-236.
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1932. London: HMSO, 1933.

Production Note

In her article 'The Miniatures of Levina Teerling' Simone Bergmans identified this miniature as a self portrait by the artist Levina Teerlinc.


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted

Woman; Ruff


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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