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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Nicholas Hilliard, 1578 - NPG 6761 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum laid on card, 1578
2 3/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. (60 mm x 47 mm) image size (sight)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 2006
Primary Collection
NPG 6761

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

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This miniature depicts Francis Bacon at seventeen, a student of law and humanist scholar. It is an early example of the work of Nicholas Hilliard who, along with Bacon, joined the English ambassador to France, Sir Amyas Paulet, on a visit to France from 1576-78.

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