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Portrait Miniatures

Portrait Miniatures

The V&A holds the national collection of British portrait miniatures, a unique watercolour art form which developed during the reign of Henry VIII and had its heyday in the reign of Queen Victoria before the rise in popularity of photography. The collection contains over 2000 portrait miniatures with foreign examples acquired to provide a wider context.

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British Watercolours: 1750-1950

British Watercolours: 1750-1950

The art of watercolour has had a distinctive identity and history in Britain since the latter part of the eighteenth century, when British artists fir…

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A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.


Event - Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

Mon 27 July 2015–Sun 24 April 2016

DISPLAY: Facing History features a variety of portraits by contemporary artists and photographers, from Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and Ellen Heck to Maud Sulter, Gavin Turk and Bettina von Zwehl.

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