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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by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
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- Portraits featuring - Chain
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