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Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), Miniature painter

Artist associated with 34 portraits
Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619) trained as a goldsmith and became an outstanding painter of portrait miniatures, the first notable English artist of this medium. Elizabeth I appointed him her official limner, or miniature painter, a service to the monarch that he continued after the accession of James I in 1603.

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108

Queen Elizabeth I

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1572
NPG 108

190

Queen Elizabeth I

associated with Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, circa 1575
NPG 190

4197

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1576
NPG 4197

429

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, late 16th century (1578?)
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 429

6761

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum laid on card, 1578
NPG 6761

4851

Sir Francis Drake

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1581
NPG 4851

4106

Sir Walter Ralegh

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, circa 1585
NPG 4106

6273

George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, 1588
On display in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6273

2413

Sir Christopher Hatton

attributed to Silvester Harding, after Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour, 1848 (circa 1588-1591)
NPG 2413

5549

Sir Christopher Hatton

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, after 1588
NPG 5549

277

George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland

after Nicholas Hilliard
oil on canvas, (circa 1590)
NPG 277

5994

Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
NPG 5994

6241

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

attributed to studio of Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1595
NPG 6241

4260

Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, circa 1611
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4260

1492(c)

George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland

by George Perfect Harding, after Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour, early 19th century (circa 1590)
NPG 1492(c)

D21054

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1625
NPG D21054

D16561

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D16561

D21053

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D21053

D21052

Queen Elizabeth I

by Francis Delaram, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D21052

D18768

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by John Faber Sr, published by Thomas Bowles Sr, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, after Nicholas Hilliard
mezzotint, published circa 1700-1725 (1617)
NPG D18768

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