Elizabethan Treasures is a major new exhibition devoted entirely to Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures created by two masters of the period: Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver.
During the 16th and 17th-century the English excelled at miniature painting, and Hilliard and Oliver gained international fame and admiration.
This exhibition brings together many of their most exquisite images, revealing much about society and culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Highlights include portraits of Elizabeth I, James I, Elizabeth and Charles (later Charles I), and the famous portraits of Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake.
Craig’s review of National Portrait Gallery – “The National Portrait Gallery is probably my favourite gallery in London because it appeals to history lovers as well as art lovers. It's all about the sitters, not the painters. Admire the people, not the paintings. But that's not to say that the paintings aren't good, because they are -- they still have pieces by Hockney and Holbein, etc. -- but if they need a pictu… continued”
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If you enjoy National Portrait Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Piccadilly Circus), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Bond Street)