Traditionally, this miniature was thought to depict the Poet Laureate, Andrew Marvell. Son of the Reverend Andrew Marvell and Anne Pease Marvell, Andrew Marvell spent his childhood in Hull, Yorkshire. Marvel is now considered to be one of the greatest poets of the seventeenth century, though many of his poems were not published until after his death.

However, it may be the case that the iconography of Marvell has here been confused, perhaps with another contemporary. The costume of this sitter, namely the cavalier collar, often known as a 'falling band' at this time, is similar to well-known portraits of Marvell. Given it’s clean, and some-what plain, appearance it is plausible to suggest that the present sitter may have aligned with Puritan, rather than contemporary Catholic ideals. Marvall himself wrote anonymous prose which defended Puritan radicals and questioned Roman Catholicism.

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Traditionally, this miniature was thought to depict the Poet Laureate, Andrew Marvell. Son of the Reverend Andrew Marvell and Anne Pease Marvell, Andrew Marvell spent his childhood in Hull, Yorkshire. Marvel is now considered to be one of the greatest poets of the seventeenth century, though many of his poems were not published until after his death.

However, it may be the case that the iconography of Marvell has here been confused, perhaps with another contemporary. The costume of this sitter, namely the cavalier collar, often known as a 'falling band' at this time, is similar to well-known portraits of Marvell. Given it’s clean, and some-what plain, appearance it is plausible to suggest that the present sitter may have aligned with Puritan, rather than contemporary Catholic ideals. Marvall himself wrote anonymous prose which defended Puritan radicals and questioned Roman Catholicism.

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