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(b Exeter, c.1547; bur. London, 7 Jan. 1619). English miniaturist, the most celebrated of all practitioners of his art and a central figure in establishing the portrait miniature as a distinctive genre in Britain. He was the son of an Exeter goldsmith and himself trained in this craft, completing a seven-year apprenticeship in London in 1569. It is not known how he learnt miniature painting, but by 1572 he was working for Elizabeth I (his first surviving portrait of her, dating from that year, is in the NPG, London).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)