Thursday, April 7, 2016

Nicholas Hilliard

Miniatures, watercolor on vellum and card
London, active 1560-1619
Nicholas Hilliard, 1547-1619

The greatest of the home grown English painters of the sixteenth century was Nicholas Hilliard who came to painting by way of his family trade of Goldsmith and Limner.  He was appointed Royal Goldsmith and Limner for Elizabeth Tudor some time before 1572, when his first recorded portrait of her occurred, a miniature painted on vellum.

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