A brilliant melodist, colourist and miniaturist, Bizet instinctively composed with the dramatic concision of his heroes Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
Although Lens was the first British miniaturist to work on ivory, he occasionally painted on vellum.
"That is probably the work of Vinesse," said Pierre, mentioning a celebrated miniaturist, and he leaned over the table to take the snuffbox while trying to hear what was being said at the other table.
They consisted of a box for cards, of splendid workmanship, a bright- blue Sevres tea cup with shepherdesses depicted on it and with a lid, and a gold snuffbox with the count's portrait on the lid which Pierre had had done by a miniaturist in Petersburg.
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