barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


17th- 19th-century British Miniatures from UK Private Collections

Small masterpieces of British portraiture from two celebrated UK private collections – including a tiny portrait mounted on a finger-ring, of 18th-century British actor impresario David Garrick – are displayed in this exhibition, some for the first time ever.

The exhibits range in date from about 1600 to 1850, and include exquisite examples by such leading names in the field as Nicholas Hilliard, Isaac and Peter Oliver, George Engleheart, Richard Cosway, John Smart and Sir William Ross. Together they will provide one of the finest displays of miniatures to be seen anywhere in the UK outside London.

This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Bonhams.


Marble, Bronze, Wood, Steel

Saturday 28 June, 1.30 - 4pm

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