Silhouettes and Miniatures

William de Grimaldi, ‘Hester Frances, Lady Bellingham (born Cholmondeley) 1763-1844, wife of 1st Bt’, c.1795

The Mary A. McNeill Bequest of Silhouettes and Miniatures.
1st – 31st January 2010
Print Gallery


The Gallery’s annual Turner exhibition was complemented by a display of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century silhouettes and miniatures from the Mary A. McNeill Bequest, comprising works by John Comerford, Richard Crosse and William Grimaldi. These delicate likenesses, painted in watercolour on ivory or enamel on copper, were popular in Turner’s day and were prized as keepsakes and sometimes worn as jewellery. The collection was bequeathed to the Gallery in 1984 by Mary A. McNeill, a notable Belfast collector and historian.

A fully illustrated brochure, written by Niamh MacNally, complemented this special display of miniatures and silhouettes and was available from the Gallery Shop.