Sir Robert Peake

English (about 1551 - 1619)
Sir Robert Peake Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649 About 1610

Biography

Born about 1551
Died 1619
Nationality English

In 1604 the English artist Robert Peake became Principal Picture Maker to Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James VI and I and brother of Charles I. His role was to promote the Prince as a dashing young man, depicting him on horseback, hunting and displaying his swordsmanship. In 1607 he became Serjeant Painter to King James, sharing the position with John de Critz. His style, especially the use of bright colours, was influenced by the miniatures of Nicholas Hilliard, but by 1610 he was considered old-fashioned.