The Lovers

This amorous work was copied by the King’s miniature painter Peter Oliver in “limning” (miniature) and so was clearly among the King’s favourite pieces.

Its attribution has been the subject of some debate but it is currently given to Titian.

Van der Doort c.1639


Woman in the arms of a Man as if she is swooning, 3 heads, old piece

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 19, № 17
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
2ft 5in x 2ft 1in (73.7 x 63.5cm)
canvas pasted on panel
black ebony frame
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 25
Charles II inventory c1666: 
Whitehall, no. 306, 74 x 63
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51

per Titian