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John Hoskins (c. 1590-1665)

James Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1612-1655) c.1635

RCIN 420103

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This miniature by John Hoskins is one of his most accomplished works and shows the mature artist working in his most confident manner. Hoskins adopts some of the best traits of earlier miniaturists like Isaac Oliver, such as the heavily stippled, individually rendered strands of hair, and adds his own, distinctive and slightly poetic stamp with a luminous cloud-filled sky background and distant landscape beyond to the left. James Stuart, 4th Duke of Lennox, created Duke of Richmond (1641). He was a cousin of Charles I and a loyal follower of the Royalist cause.