Isaac Oliver is better known as a portrait miniaturist, but he was also a draughtsman
of some significance. He was one of the first artists working in England to produce a body of drawings which demonstrate a wide knowledge of Continental art. This was made possible through his own French origins, Continental travel and the study of prints
This drawing follows closely an engraving
by the sixteenth century French artist
Jean Mignon, after a painting by Andrea
del Sarto. It is not a direct copy, however,
but an amalgamation of influences from several sources.
Gallery label, September 2004
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