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Unknown Man: PD.20-1949

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Unknown Man


Hilliard, Nicholas (Miniaturist)


History note: By descent to the Duke of Buccleuch (purchased by the 5th Duke in 1811)

Legal notes

From the Leverton Harris Fund.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 40 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1949) by Buccleuch, Duke of


Production date: AD/CE 1574

School or Style


Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support: composed of vellum (skin) ( stuck to card)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour on vellum stuck to a playing-card with two spades showing on the reverse

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Ano Dni 1574
  • Location: Left side of head
  • Method of creation: Gold
  • Text: Aetatis Sue 37
  • Location: Right side of head
  • Method of creation: Gold
  • Location: Frame, verso
  • Method of creation: Engraved

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.20-1949
Primary reference Number: 17986
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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