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Portrait miniatures have been a core part of the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection since the day it opened in 1916. Some of the museum's initial holdings came from London, Austria, and St. Petersburg. Today, the miniatures collection includes approximately 170 examples of the art form. The collection is particularly strong in British and French specimens, and this digital exhibit allows users to view all of the portrait miniatures. The miniatures are organized alphabetically by artist, and include works by Joseph Daniel, Henry Bone, and Horace Hone. Hone's work is quite distinguished, and visitors would do well to look at his masterful portrait of Lady Grace Anna Newenham for starters. Visitors to the site can read short catalogue essays and also share their favorite portrait miniature via social media sites.
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