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Robert Peake

(c. 1551—1619) portrait and decorative painter


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(b c. 1551; d ?London, c. 1619). English painter. He may, like members of the de Critz and Gheeraerts families, have been a pupil of Lucas de Heere. He first appears in the pay of the Office of the Revels in 1576. In 1604 he became principal Picture Maker to Henry, Prince of Wales, and in 1607 he was appointed to the Office of Serjeant Painter, a post he held jointly with John de Critz. His works reflect the influence of the warm, brightly coloured and richly patterned miniatures of Nicholas Hilliard and firmly establish Peake within the iconic tradition of late Elizabethan painting. In 1611 Peake published his English translation of Sebastiano Serlio's The Firste Booke of Architecture, which he dedicated to Prince Henry.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.


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