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Portrait miniature - An Unknown Man

An Unknown Man

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1661-1664 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cross, Peter (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Henry J Pfungst

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 1, box H

Physical description

Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, turned slightly to left and looking to right; the sitter is wearing a neckcloth and a long wig. Features stippled and hatched in sanguine, blue, green and brown over a pale carnation ground; hair and costume washed and hatched in transparent browns with pale gouache lights; collar in pale grey heightened with white; background in opaque dark brown; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Nineteenth-century oval silver-gilt locket, the back convex and the sides with a single deep channel rising-to the bezel, which holds the flat glass by its bevelled edge; the hanger, of D-section, is soldered transversely at the top of the locket and with separate symmetrical spirals of six turns on each side; the inside packed out with old playing cards, apparently to increase the sense of age. Scratched on the back with the inscription James 2nd and other illegible inscriptions.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1661-1664 (painted)


Cross, Peter (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book

Marks and inscriptions

'Pc. Fecit./ Anno Domini. MDCLX[I?]'
Signed and dated in ink on the back; the last figure or figures cut off when the card was trimmed for fitting to its original locket


Height: 58 mm, Width: 48 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Henry J Pfungst; by him given to the Museum, April 1915.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown man, watercolour on vellum, painted by Peter Cross, 1661-1664.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted



Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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