Gerardo Mercator

Charles I bought this work from his miniature painter, Peter Oliver, from whom he commissioned various “limning” copies (in miniature) after many of the King’s most cherished Italian Renaissance paintings - the copies appear in Van der Doort’s inventory of the Cabinet Room.

Today, the painting’s attribution is the subject of the debate; some think it by the workshop of Titian, others by another Venetian artist Gian Paolo Pace who was much influenced by the older master.

Van der Doort c.1639


Man, in a black habit with his right elbow and a globe both on a table, life-size, half-length

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 17, № 5
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
3ft 3in x 3ft 2in (99.1 x 96.5cm)
light from the [left blank]
Peter Oliver
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 22
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51

per Titian