Client: Dr Elizabeth Goldring (author)
Book title: Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist
Sector: Book publishing
Content Used: 22 images of miniatures and paintings from the 16th century
First Published: 1st February 2019
Publisher: Yale University Press in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
This illustrated biography follows Nicholas Hilliard's long and remarkable life (c. 1547-1619) from the West Country to the heart of the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts. Hilliard counted the Medici, the Valois, the Habsburgs, and the Bourbons among his Continental European patrons and admirers.
The book showcases new archival research and stunning images, many reproduced in colour for the first time. Hilliard's portraits-some no larger than a watch-face-have decisively shaped perceptions of the appearances and personalities of many key figures in one of the most exciting, if volatile, periods in British history. His sitters included Elizabeth I, James I, and Mary, Queen of Scots; explorers Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh; and members of the emerging middle class from which he himself hailed.
Published to mark the 400th anniversary of Hilliard's death, this is the definitive biography of one of Britain's most notable artists. Its publication also coincides with the opening of the National Portrait Gallery, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, on the 21st February 2019 for which Bridgeman also provided images.
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