Talk: Tudor and Jacobean Portraits

Hear about the materials and techniques used by the portrait painters of the Tudor and Jacobean courts in 16th and early 17th century England.

  • When Tue 3 Apr 2018, 10.00am–11.00am
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost Members (Friends, WeDFAS & NZ Portrait Gallery) $15, Students $10, Non-member $20
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Oil painting portrait of an affluent man


 Detail from Edward Sackville, later 4th Earl of Dorset, c. 1614, by William Larkin.

feast for the eyes. This lecture is presented by Sarah Cove, one of Britain’s foremost Technical Art Historians. 

Discover how Tudor and Jacobean painting methods originate in medieval manuscript illumination, miniature painting, ecclesiastical decorations and Northern European oil painting traditions.

There is significant focus on the Jacobean court painter William Larkin (active c. 1609-19), whose elaborate full-length portraits are well-known to costume historians, on whose portraits Sarah Cove is the recognised expert.

About Sarah Cove

Sarah's round-breaking study of the materials and techniques of Jacobean portrait painter William Larkin was published in 2012 by English Heritage. In 1986 she founded the Constable Research Project to study John Constable’s oil painting materials and techniques. She is now the recognised authority in this subject and is a consultant to international museums, salerooms and collectors.

As a qualified Paintings Conservator Sarah works on paintings from all Schools but has significant experience with British paintings, notably portraits from the Tudors to the present, 19th and 20th-century landscapes, as well as British and Continental oil sketches on canvas, paper and board.


Presented in association with New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pū Manaaki Kahurangi (NZCCM)