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Definition: Hilliard, Nicholas from Philip's Encyclopedia

English miniaturist and goldsmith. Hilliard portrayed many of the leading figures of the time in an exquisitely graceful style.


Summary Article: Hilliard, Nicholas
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(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

Gender: male

Nationality: English

Activity: English painter

Keywords: England, Hilliard, Nicholas, Renaissance, Renaissance art, portrait miniature, metalwork, English, English school, portraiture, Exeter, London, goldwork, Nicholas Hilliard, painting

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