Nicholas Hilliar (1547-1619)
Self-portrait, aged 30
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a later piece of card
Inscribed either side of his head in Latin, 'Year of Our Lord 1577 / At the age of 30 / NH'
Museum no. P.155-1910
In England painters such as Hilliard were treated as mere tradespeople. But this confident self-portrait was painted during his two years in France where painters had a higher social status.