Nicholas Hilliard, Portrait of Alice Hilliard

Nicholas Hilliard, Portrait of Alice Hilliard

Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)
Portrait of Alice Hilliard, born Brandon
Dated 1578
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to card
Inscribed in Latin: either side of her head, 'Year of Our Lord 1578 / At the age of 22', and twice with Hilliard's monogram, 'NH'; around the edge, probably by the Hilliards' son, 'Alice Brandon. Nicholas Hilliard. Painted by his own hand, his first wife'
Museum no. P.2-194
Given by the National Art Collections Fund

Alice was the daughter of Robert Brandon, Elizabeth I's goldsmith. Nicholas Hilliard was Brandon's apprentice from 1562 to 1569, and the couple married in 1576.