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- DescriptionThis book introduces the truly remarkable collection of a particularly English art, a tradition that began with Henry VIII - the portrait miniature. The Ashmolean houses the most comprehensive collection of miniatures in the country, ranging from the Tudor and Stuart eras to Victorian times, and includes pieces by some of the finest miniature artists of the time. These small paintings hold their roots in illuminated manuscripts, but have developed into a special art at which the English were to excel. This book is the tenth in a series of Ashmolean handbooks, illustrating selections of paintings, drawings or objects, which are well represented in the Museum. There are over 100 artefacts presented in colour image with full details and accompanying descriptive paragraph. The introduction details the acquirement of the collection and places it into correct historical context. The earliest miniatures were collected in the 17th century by the Tradescants, and include pieces from artists such as Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, and expanded to include works by Cooper, Zincke, Smart, Cosway and Engleheart. The book is complete with an index, bibliography and relevant glossary, designed to provide a stimulating introduction for the general reader and a useful guide for the expert.
- Author BiographyRichard Walker is the author of 'National Portrait Gallery: Regency Portraits, Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen' and 'Catalogue of Miniatures in National Trust Houses'.
- Author(s)Richard Walker
- PublisherAshmolean Museum
- Date of Publication29/09/1997
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshmolean Museum
- Content Note15 b&w, 101 col
- Weight310 g
- Width155 mm
- Height215 mm
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