A small and detailed piece of art, usually a portrait, executed in gouache or watercolour. Sixteenth century miniatures were usually painted in body colour on playing cards or on vellum. In the seventeenth century portrait miniatures were sometimes painted in oil on a metal surface. In the eighteenth century the character was changed by the introduction of ivory as a ground, often painted in transparent watercolour.
Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger
Queen Elizabeth I
by Nicholas Hilliard
by Peter Oliver
by Richard Cosway
Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson)
by Adam Buck
by James Lonsdale
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Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.