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Tudor Miniatures

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)
by Nicholas Hilliard
circa 1585
NPG 4106



From 6 November 2004
Room 3 - Tudor Galleries
Admission free

New displays in the miniatures gallery include early coins and medals on loan from the British Museum and a range of miniatures and larger scale cabinet portraits from the Gallery's collections. To improve access to this unique but fragile material, more of the collection is on display on a rotating basis. An Elizabethan face pattern is used to explore the question of how Tudor portraits were created and produced.

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