A possible explanation to this strange, apparently nonsensical motto on this beautiful HIlliard portrait.
Nicholas Hilliard 1577 (Copyright V&A Museum, London. 41mm dia) We know little about Nicholas Hilliard. The bare facts are that he was born in Exeter in about 1547, to Richard and Laurance Hilliard and was their eldest child. Richard Hilliard was a goldsmith and, together with John Bodley, was a leading light in Exeter society. … Continue reading Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)
Hilliard’s lovely portrait of his beloved Alice now in the V&A, London