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Portrait Miniatures

from the Dumas Egerton Trust Collection

Sat 18 March 2017

Portrait Miniatures

An astonishing collection of over forty miniature paintings not previously seen in public, these exquisitely detailed works form part of the most important collection of this art form held anywhere in the world.

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 are examples from many notable miniaturists from the mid-sixteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries.

The overall collection consists of 842 works in total and has been generously loaned on a permanent basis by the Dumas Egerton Trust Collection. A carefully selected number of these signed portrait miniatures will be on display in Compton Verney’s British Portrait gallery throughout 2017 and then on rotation during the next five years.

FREE for Members and Annual Pass holders

Entry to Portrait Miniatures is included in DAY TICKET admission