So, I faced this problem, which is probably because of the bug.

Let's plot a simple 2D graph.

sample2dPlot = 
 ListPlot[RandomReal[{-1, 1}, 100], Background -> White, 
  Frame -> True, FrameLabel -> {"x", "y"}]

Let's try to use it as the Epilog to the MatrixPlot

MatrixPlot[RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {100, 100}], PlotLegends -> Automatic, 
 Epilog -> Inset[sample2dPlot]]

The frame disappeared, the frame labels disappeared.

Does anybody know how to solve this problem?

Thank you.

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    – user9660
    Nov 11, 2016 at 7:43
  • $\begingroup$ Can confirm this as a bug, going back at least to version 8. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Nov 11, 2016 at 15:03
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ This question is a duplicate of (103192). In particular, the patch given by Mr. Wizard in his answer can be applied here. $\endgroup$
    – user31159
    Nov 11, 2016 at 15:13

1 Answer 1



Here's another workaround, based on the same underlying idea as the original:

MatrixPlot[RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {100, 100}], PlotLegends -> Automatic, 
  Epilog -> "foo"] /. "foo" -> Inset[sample2dPlot]

Mathematica graphics

Original answer:

I guess this is a workaround:

MatrixPlot[RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {100, 100}], PlotLegends -> Automatic, 
 Epilog -> Dynamic@Inset[sample2dPlot]]

(The underlying idea was to keep MatrixPlot from messing the options, assuming it does. In any case it works on the OP's example, if you have dynamic updating enabled. I find the dependence on Dynamic less satisfactory for this reason.)


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