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English School c1820

Height: 7.40cm

Item Ref. CWJAN


Manner of Jeremiah Meyer c1765

Height: 3.80cm

Item Ref. CWB


Joseph Saunders c1780

Height: 6.50cm

Item Ref. L3


Frederick Buck c1806

Height: 6.50cm

Item Ref. 5732


William Egley c1840

Height: 4.50cm

Item Ref. 5683


Thomas Hazelhurst c1810

Height: 6.50cm

Item Ref. 5332


Irish c1775

Height: 4.50cm

Item Ref. 5350


English School c1810

Height: 3.00cm

Item Ref. 5768


French c1790

Height: 6.00cm

Item Ref. 4164


Isaac Wayne Slater 1813

Height: 7.00cm

Item Ref. 5298


English School c1800

Height: 7.50cm

Item Ref. 5586


Alexander Gallaway 1811

Height: 7.50cm

Item Ref. 5757


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Portrait Miniatures

Portrait miniatures are a delightful and collectable art form. The term miniature comes from the Latin “minium” the red lead pigment used to paint the large initial decorative letter on illuminated manuscripts. The earliest portrait miniatures are from the 16th century, the most notable early miniaturist being Nicholas Hilliard. The art form flourished from the middle of the 18th century until the advent of the camera in the mid 19th century. Early portrait miniatures were painted on vellum glued to card – usually a playing card, later we see them painted in different mediums, oil on copper, enamel and from the mid 18th century ivory. Their great charm is that they depict people as they really were, miniaturists painted what was in front of them and did not resort to flattery. Being portable they were carried around by loved ones, some being made into bracelets or chokers, or carried in little leather cases. These tiny works of art are captivating and eminently collectable, giving the collector endless pleasure.