Edward Herbert, First Baron Of Cherbury

This iconic image of the English Renaissance shows Edward Herbert, First Baron of Cherbury, one of the most famous and ambitious men of his day.


Watercolour on vellum, mounted on oak board, in contemporary c17th tortoisehell and ebony frame
23 x 18.9 cm
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Isaac Oliver was born in Rouen and moved to London with his parents in 1568. He studied miniature painting under Nicholas Hilliard, goldsmith and miniaturist to both Elizabeth I and James I. Oliver is now regarded as one of the first great Renaissance artists working in England.

Herbert was a major figure in the history of the Powis family, whose collection is now housed at Powis Castle (in the hands of the National Trust). The miniature has been in the family since its creation, and now joins the permanent collection at the castle. 


Commissioned by sitter; within collection of Lords Herbert and Powis (since created in 1674); by descent to 4th Lord Herbert; on his death (1691) to his sister Florentia, wife of Richard Herbert of Oakley Park; transferred to their grandson, 1st Earl of P

Venue details

Powis Castle and Garden Red Lane, WELSHPOOL Powys SY21 8RF 01938 551 944 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £12.15)

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