Anne of Denmark (detail) by Isaac Oliver, c. 1612, Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Described as ‘a thing apart from all other painting or drawing’, the portrait miniatures of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods are some of the greatest works of art to be produced in the British Isles. Hilliard and Oliver were compared by their contemporaries to Michelangelo and Raphael, and gained international fame and admiration.  

This will be the first major UK exhibition of these miniatures for a generation. It will explore what these intimate images reveal about identity, society and visual culture in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

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Spring Season 2019 sponsored by

Supported by the Elizabethan Treasures Exhibition Circle

21 February - 19 May 2019

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00/ Friday until 21.00

Porter Gallery

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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£10/ £8.50 (concessions)

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Daily 10.00 – 17.30 (transaction fee applies)

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Daily 10.00 – 17.00, Fridays until 20.00

Tickets without donation £10/ £8.50 (concessions)
Tickets with donation £12/ £10.50 (concessions)

Concessions include: senior citizens (aged 60 and over), students, children 12–18 years, registered unemployed, disabled people (with free entry for one carer). Proof of age or status required.

Free admission
Gallery Members, Supporters and children under 12 years in family groups.
National Art Pass holders 50% discount

Family Tickets
Book an Adult or Senior ticket and receive 50% off tickets for up to four children (12 – 18).

Schools
Tickets are £3 per student/pupil for groups 10+ visiting from 10.00-14.00, booking and paying at least a month in advance. Find out more. Find out more.

Groups
Special tours are available for groups, including a lecture and opportunity to explore the exhibition. For more information visit group tours.


Events

A range of free and ticketed events including talks, workshops, family activities and live music complements the exhibition

Events (13)

13 events matching the search term Elizabethan Treasures

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

  • For Members

20 February 2019, 14:00-16:00
Porter Gallery

The first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.


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Life Drawing: Life in Miniature

Life Drawing: Life in Miniature

A part of Friday Lates
22 February 2019, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Using Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver as a starting point, draw in miniature and focus on Hilliard’s wonderfully detailed style.


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Live Music: Anne of Denmark, the Dancing Queen

Live Music: Anne of Denmark, the Dancing Queen

A part of Friday Lates
1 March 2019, 19:00-20:00
Main Hall
Free ticket required Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Anne of Denmark, Queen consort of James I of England, is relatively unknown today, even though all English monarchs after James are her direct descendants.


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Weekend Workshop: An Introduction to Miniature Portrait Painting

Weekend Workshop: An Introduction to Miniature Portrait Painting

9 March - 10 March 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Jenny Brooks of the Royal Miniature Society and Hilliard Society leads this two-day introduction to miniature painting


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Lecture: The World is Run Quite Out of Square: Some Melancholy Elizabethans

Lecture: The World is Run Quite Out of Square: Some Melancholy Elizabethans

A part of Friday Lates
22 March 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre, Floor -2
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

As the reign of the Virgin Queen drew to its close a group of young men called ‘malcontents’ formed. Sir Roy Strong explores some of the most extraordinary and complex of all Elizabethan portraits.


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International Conference: Hilliard, Oliver and the Miniature in Context

International Conference: Hilliard, Oliver and the Miniature in Context

28 March - 29 March 2019, 00:00
Thursday 28 March 2019
10.30 - 19.30


Friday 29 March 2019
10.30 - 17.15


Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £40, £30, £20 for students Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

This conference accompanies Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver.


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Lunchtime Lecture: Exquisite Objects: Dressed to Impress in the age of Hilliard and Shakespeare

Lunchtime Lecture: Exquisite Objects: Dressed to Impress in the age of Hilliard and Shakespeare

4 April 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Portrait miniatures not only depict dress in exquisite detail but were part of the courtier’s armoury as he or she dressed to impress.


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Family workshop: Mini Me

Family workshop: Mini Me

  • Family||Workshop

10 April - 11 April 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Paint your own tiny portrait inspired by the miniature portraits on display in Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and learn about the surprising materials used in Tudor times.


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Family workshop: Jazzy Jewels

Family workshop: Jazzy Jewels

  • Family||Workshop

12 April 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Make your own necklace or bracelet using beads, ribbon and glitter. Inspired by jewellery shown in Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver create your own dazzling charm to wear home.


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Performance: Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon

Performance: Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon

  • Performance

A part of Friday Lates
12 April 2019, 15:30-17:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

The Armada portrait of Elizabeth I commemorates the most famous conflict of her reign.


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In Conversation: Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon

In Conversation: Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon

A part of Friday Lates
12 April 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Three contemporary artists – Mat Collishaw, Christopher Green and Bettina von Zwehl – talk to Charlotte Bolland, Senior Curator, Research and 16th Century Collections


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Members’ Evening Private View: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and Only Human: Martin Parr

Members’ Evening Private View: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and Only Human: Martin Parr

  • For Members

29 April 2019, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Our Members’ Evening Private Views give you the chance to visit the Gallery after-hours and are a great way to see our exhibitions away from the crowds.

Please RSVP to this event from 27 February


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In Conversation: London Craft Week: Close-up and Self-Portrait

In Conversation: London Craft Week: Close-up and Self-Portrait

A part of Friday Lates
10 May 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Senior Curator Charlotte Bolland is joined by artist-jeweller Silvia Weidenbach and jewellery historian Beatriz Chadour-Sampson to discuss Elizabetha Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and the enduring appeal of portrait miniatures.


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Members

Enjoy free and unlimited entry to all ticketed exhibitions with no need to book, along with other benefits. Membership starts from just £55. Find out more and join online today here.

Patrons enjoy all of the benefits of Membership plus more. Find out more and join online today here.

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Portrait Restaurant

Breath-taking by day and dramatic by night, the Portrait Restaurant's celebrated view stretches from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square down Whitehall, to the Houses of Parliament and beyond.

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Group Tours

Discover more about the exhibition with a private lecture by an expert art historian or artist in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre, followed by a visit to the exhibition. Prices include exhibition entry.

£25 Person

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Catalogue

This fascinating book explores the genre with special reference to two of its most accomplished practitioners, Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver. Regular price £35.00


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Opening hours


Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Fridays until 21.00
Last admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Gallery closes.
Exiting commences ten minutes before the closing time.

Friday Lates


Enjoy a drink at the bar and music inspired by our exhibitions, join our hugely popular mass art occupation of the Gallery and explore ideas about art, culture and society with our talks programme every Friday until 21.00.

 

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