HILLIARD, Nicholas
(b. 1547, Exeter, d. 1619, London)

A Youth Leaning Against a Tree Among Roses

c. 1588
Body colour on vellum, 135 x 73 mm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This portrait is perhaps the most famous of English miniatures. It epitomises the romantic Elizabethan age and is a masterpiece of miniature paintings by its greatest exponent, Nicholas Hilliard.