Nicholas Hilliard (British, 1547-1619)
Queen Elizabeth I (15331603), wearing black figured dress studded with jewels and a fine white lace ruff, gold and ruby crown, seven sapphires in her curled red upswept hair.
Watercolour on vellum, gilt-mounted in turned ivory frame.
Circular, 32mm (1 1/4in) dia.
Provenance: J.J. Foster
Robert Bayne-Powell Collection, Sotheby's 11 October 1994, lot 22
Exhibited: Exposition de la Miniature, 1912, no.184
Literature: The Connoisseur, vol.XXXIII, p.161
Roy Strong, The English Renaissance Miniature, London, 1983, p.195, note 66 to chapter 5