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A Lady, called Venetia Stanley, by Peter Oliver, circa 1620.

Oval 5.5cm, in a lacquered wood frame. Signed ‘PO’.

Venetia Stanley as a bride, with long, flowing brown hair, wearing a low-cut multi-coloured embroidered white dress trimmed with lace, a black string necklace and pearl earrings.

The miniature was listed in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an inventory recording an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her only daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter: ‘A Picture of the Lady Venetia Stanley’.

The miniature, with the exception of the jewelled cross about the sitter’s neck, is a mirror version of a miniature, signed John Hoskins, in the Royal Collection.


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