portrait miniature

Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)

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)

poetry and portraiture

Mine eye hath play’d the painter

Mine eye hath play’d the painter and hath steel’d  Thy beauty’s form in the table of my heart;  My body is the frame wherein ’tis held,  And perspective is the painter’s art.  For through the painter must you see his skill, To find where your true image pictured lies;  Which in my bosom’s shop is… Continue reading Mine eye hath play’d the painter