The Three Norns
The Three Norns
The Three Norns


The Three Norns

c. 1800 United Kingdom

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The Norns in mythology are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. The origin of the name norn is uncertain, it may derive from a word meaning "to twine" and which would refer to their twining the thread of fate. Here the lady in the centre holds a stick with flaxen cotton, whilst the lady on the right seems to be rolling the cotton in, and the lady on the left is about to cut the cotton. Mythological scenes like this are rare in the field of miniature painting.

Collins entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1776, when he was 21. He exhibitied at the Royal Academy, 1777-1818. Ozias Humphry a contemporary miniature artist with whom Collins lodged for a year, described him as a "miniature painter of great merit". Signed works by Collins are very scarce. He was appointed principal portrait painter in enamel to George III in 1789, in spite of the fact that Richard Crosse and Robert Bowyer had already been appointed to the same office
Private Collection
Daphne Foskett, Collecting Miniatures, 1979, p. 308, plate 80F
Height 8.90 cm (3.50 inches)
Depth 11.50 cm (4.53 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
Initialled RC on the reverse and signed in pencil, R. Collins Invt 7 Pinxt
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