Nicholas Hilliard, portrait of an unknown woman

Nicholas Hilliard, portrait of an unknown woman

Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)
Portrait of an unknown woman
About 1575-80
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a playing card with three spades visible
Museum no. P.8-1947
Given by E. Peter Jones

This unfinished miniature shows the work after two or three sittings. Hilliard has painted the face with a smooth layer of flesh coloured paint, called the carnation, and started modelling the features in transparent red and brown colour. He has sketched in the dress with brown watercolour.