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Nicholas Hilliard

Portrait of a lady

Property from the collection of the late Timothy Clowes

Nicholas Hilliard

Nicholas Hilliard

Portrait of a lady

Portrait of a lady

Property from the collection of the late Timothy Clowes

Nicholas Hilliard

Exeter 1547 - 1619 London

Portrait of a lady


Watercolour, bodycolour, gold and silver on vellum, gold frame;

inscribed upper left: Ano Dmi. 1609, and upper right: Aetatis sua 28

44 by 36 mm

Whereas the calligraphy is generally of the highest quality, the number '28' has been altered/restored. The silver has oxidized, as is to be expected for a work of this age. The face is somewhat faded and there is some damage to the gold border at the bottom edge. Overall the work is well preserved.


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John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913);
his executor's sale, London, Christie’s, 24 June 1935, lot 178 (as Portrait of a Lady, formerly called Queen Anne of Denmark by Isaac Oliver) (30gns. To Dr. Beets);
Dr. Anton Philips;
sale, London, Christie’s, 6 July 1993, lot 7
G.C. Williamson, Catalogue of the Collection of Miniatures, The Property of John Pierpont Morgan, London 1906, vol. I, no. 55, pl. XIV, no.1
Hilliard's decision to show the sitter half-length allows him to fully explore his sitter’s sumptuous dress, which is decorated with silver and jewels. Although there is a portrait in the Victoria and Albert Museum which shows Elizabeth’s Lord Chancellor, Sir Christopher Hatton full-length wearing equally opulent clothing (acc. no. P. 138-1910), this compositional format is rare in the artist's oeuvre.