Small Great Things: Miniatures in the Wallace Collection

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Small Great Things: Miniatures in the Wallace Collection

Small Great Things: Miniatures in the Wallace Collection

Dates: Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January 2022
Times: 14.00-16.00 GMT
Location: Zoom Webinar
Tutor: Stephen Duffy
Level: All Levels

Course Description: From the early 16th century to the mid-19th century, the painting of miniatures was at the forefront of European culture. Although difficult to define precisely, miniatures are essentially small paintings, often portraits, that can be held in the hand or worn as a piece of jewellery. At first they were painted on vellum, but later they were commonly painted on ivory or card. Even though the social status of miniature painters has usually, but not always, been inferior to that of painters on panel and canvas, some of the most beautiful works of art ever made are miniatures.

The Wallace Collection is fortunate to care for more than 330 miniatures. Among them are splendid examples by British, Swiss and Italian artists, but the most distinctive characteristic of the collection – unmatched in Britain – is the superb array of French works from the 18th and early-19th centuries. In this course, we’ll look at the formation of the collection and study closely a wide range of these spellbinding works of art.

Please read the full course description here.

Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and time for a Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for both dates of this course.

Ticket holders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions of the course.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.


Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
18/01/2022 14:00 16:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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