For those not familiar with the genre of the portrait miniature, let us first consider why and when these portraits became popular in England, and the various artists creating these images for the Tudor court. The half millennium saw a marked change from the religious themes of the medieval period to secular subjects inspired by… Continue reading The origins of the Tudor portrait miniature
For those of you who have visited Westminster Abbey's gallery displaying various treasures of our ancient abbey, you may have well have failed to notice an illuminated manuscript known as The Cramp Ring manuscript. In 2006 when I was researching my Master’s dissertation I was allowed to photograph the whole manuscript and the images of the… Continue reading The Good Friday Ceremony of the blessing of cramp rings and the curing of the King’s Evil
Nicholas Hilliard was England’s first English artist to become internationally famous. His self portrait (© Victoria & Albert Museum, London) is a mere 41mm in diameter (1.6 inches) and it is for these exquisitely delicate and miniature images of Elizabeth I and her court that he becomes famous. I fell in love with Hilliard’s miniatures… Continue reading Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619) & Isaac Oliver (1565-1617): Painters to the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts
This article examines a miniature listed as an “Unknown Lady” aged 52, painted in the year of 1572. The artist is Nicholas Hilliard. I propose that it is a portrait of the Flemish artist, Levina Teerlinc, who had been employed as limner and paintrix by the Tudor royal family since 1546. Miniatures, limnings, portraits ‘in… Continue reading Is this Levina Teerlinc?
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)