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Portrait Miniature Drawings

Miniature portrait drawings are prized for their historical significance as well as the exacting skill required for their production. Sometimes measuring as small as one by one and a half inches, miniature portrait drawings were developed from the techniques of diminutive portraiture employed in the creation of illuminated manuscripts.

During the 16th century, miniature portrait drawings were commissioned by royalty, used primarily as a type of trading card. The small size of miniature portraits allowed for easy transport across great distances and, at the time of their popularity, they offered the most convenient way for a member of the ruling class to see another’s face without meeting in person. A nobleman in Spain, for example, could send a portrait of his daughter to potential suitors... Read more

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