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Portrait Miniatures

From The Dumas Egerton Trust Collection

Until 17 December 2017, 11am – 5pm

Over forty miniature paintings, not previously seen in public, will be on display at Compton Verney. The works are part of the most important collections of this art form held anywhere in the world.

The collection consists of 842 works in total, and has been generously loaned on a permanent basis by the Dumas Egerton Trust Collection. A chosen 45 of these signed portrait miniatures will be on display in the British Portrait gallery for our 2017 season, and will rotate for the next five years.

Miniatures were often carried around or worn as a necklace or brooch but, because of the skill required to create them, were expensive to commission. Deeply personal and available only to the wealthier echelons of society, miniatures were rarely seen by the greater public; consequently, miniature painting is not a well-known aspect of art – albeit that it flourished for some three centuries.

On display will be examples from many notable miniaturists from the mid-sixteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries.

Included in Collections & Park admission.