(born 1547, Exeter, Eng.—died Jan. 7, 1619, London) British painter. The son of a goldsmith, he trained as a jeweler and began painting miniatures in his youth. In 1570 he was appointed miniature painter to Elizabeth I. He produced many portraits of her and of such members of her court as Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh. He retained his appointment on the accession of James I (1603), while also practicing as a goldsmith and jeweler. The first great native-born English painter of the Renaissance, he raised the art of miniature painting to its highest point of development and influenced English portraiture through the early 17th century.
Birth Place: Exeter, England, United Kingdom
Death Place: London, national capital, United Kingdom
Name: Hilliard, Nicholas or Nicholas Hilliard
Activity: English painter
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( c. 1547-1619) Portrait miniaturist. The first English painter of international stature, Hilliard painted many exquisite portraits of...
Hilliard miniaturist, was the son of an Exeter goldsmith, and was apprenticed to the Queen's jeweller, Robert Brandon. His...
The son of an Exeter goldsmith, Hilliard was trained as a jeweller and by 1560 was already painting miniatures. He was...