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Sir Christopher Hatton

10 of 34 portraits by Nicholas Hilliard

Sir Christopher Hatton, by Nicholas Hilliard, after 1588 - NPG 5549 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Christopher Hatton

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, after 1588
1 7/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. (47 mm x 35 mm) oval
Purchased, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5549


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  • Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 34 portraits.

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This miniature must have been painted after Hatton had been elected a Knight of the Garter in 1588. It is executed in watercolour on vellum, stuck down on a playing card with a single red heart on the back. The detail of the costume is not unlike another miniature of Hatton that Hilliard also painted at about this time, showing the sitter full-length (in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum).

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