Before photography, beautifully painted portrait miniatures were the fashionable way to hold on to cherished memories of loved ones
Early 19th century miniature painting depicting Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), head and shoulders, in uniform, facing slightly right. He wears rear-admiral's undress uniform, the star and ribbon of the Bath and one Naval gold medal. The miniature is painted on ivory in a glazed gold frame with a compartment at the back lined with silk to contain a lock of hair or other memento. It is a copy of the 1800 miniature by Robert Bowyer.
Joséphine de Beauharnais the first empress of France, wife of Napoleon,
Portrait miniature drawing of a lady
Portrait miniature drawing of a young lady by John Smart.
American School, Century Portrait Miniature of a Young Child of a Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Sea Captain.
Ferdinand, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
After Richard Cosway, RA Maria Cosway (née Hadfield) wearing white dress with ruffles at the neck and wrist, an oval miniature on a blue ribbon hanging around her neck, her left hand raised to her chin, her hair curled and powdered