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Portrait miniature - Portrait miniature of an unknown youth in yellow
  • Portrait miniature of an unknown youth in yellow
    Hilliard, Nicholas
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Portrait miniature of an unknown youth in yellow

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1585-1590 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hilliard, Nicholas (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on vellum

  • Museum number:

    P.4&A-1974

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 1, box A

This portrait is typical of Hilliard’s style. His approach was much more schematic than that of his student, Isaac Oliver, summing up in a marvellous economy of lines the distinguishing facial features. In Hilliard’s work the details of the costume were almost as important as the facial likeness, as in this handsome portrait of an unknown young man, whose bejewelled bonnet with its feathery aigrette, intricate ruff and splendid doublet indicate his high status.

Physical description

Portrait miniature of an unknown youth in yellow with a bonnet and feather, watercolour on vellum.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)

Date

ca. 1585-1590 (painted)

Artist/maker

Hilliard, Nicholas (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on vellum

Dimensions

Diameter: 66 mm case, Depth: 8 mm case

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown youth in yellow with a bonnet and feather, ca. 1585-1590, watercolour on vellum, painted by Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.17, pl.5
British watercolours : 1750-1950 / Katherine Coombs. London: V&A Publications, 2012

Materials

Watercolour; Vellum

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Portrait; Feathers

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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