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“Beauty Revealed: Self Portrait” was painted from life by a right-handed woman in a studio that was none too warm.
...Miniatures became a common way for people to mark family milestones: betrothal, marriage, birth, death. They were hidden in drawers, or worn: by women on a chain inside the bodice or, by men, on a pin behind the lapel of a jacket.
...The exquisite finish of “Beauty Revealed” came from using watercolour on an ivory wafer so thin it is transparent when held up to the light.

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