"It has been argued that the invention of photography killed the portrait miniature. Many miniaturists were forced to replace their fine brushes and pieces of ivory with a camera, backdrop and head-stand so as to keep their clientele. However, as Bettina von Zwehl's work so aptly demonstrates, photography did not kill miniature art. Portraiture's essence - its watchfulness and its concern - lives on, and continues to draw us in..."
- Dr Hanneke Grootenboer, extract from the essay 'Private View' from the catalogue 'Ruby's Room: Photographic Miniatures by Bettina von Zwehl' (Holburne Museum, 2013)