Room 90a: Portrait Miniatures
The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery
Miniature painting was a unique art form, with artists such as Nicholas Hilliard, Samuel Cooper and John Smart specialising in its demanding techniques. Miniature portraits were painted to be held and viewed closely, to be presented as tokens of loyalty, friendship or love and were often invested with great significance, politically and personally. From the sixteenth century until the advent of photography in the mid-nineteenth century no other portrait art was so intimately bound up with people's lives.
Room 90a is on Level 3 of the V&A South Kensington.