Nicholas Hilliard, portrait of an unknown woman

Nicholas Hilliard, portrait of an unknown woman

Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)
Portrait of an unknown woman
About 1590-3
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a playing card
Museum no. P.9-1947
Given by E. Peter Jones

Hilliard developed a technique for painting pearls with real silver. Unfortunately, it usually tarnishes to black, as can be seen clearly in this miniature.