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Portrait miniature - Unknown Man

Unknown Man

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1665 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flatman, Thomas, born 1635 - died 1688 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on vellum put down on pasteboard

  • Credit Line:

    Alan Evans Bequest, given by the National Gallery

  • Museum number:

    EVANS.23

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, turned slightly to right and looking to front, his hair long. Features firmly hatched in brown and sanguine, with some blue-grey blended in for the shadow and a little white heightening in the eyes and lips, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash with some darker colour and the lights in gouache; costume in opaque washes, modelled in darker colour and the lights in pale gouache; background to the left a plain brown wash, to the right a sky and landscape in opaque washes; on vellum put down on pasteboard.

Frame: A slightly unconventional seventeenth-century silver-gilt locket, or possibly a nineteenth-century imitation of the type; a shallowly convex back, the sides with a broad deep channel flaring to the bezel, which holds the convex bevelled glass; the hanger, which is set on the arris of the junction between the back and channelled sides, of D-section, bifurcates into reverse turns before beginning tapering spirals of five turns.

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

ca.1665 (painted)

Artist/maker

Flatman, Thomas, born 1635 - died 1688 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on vellum put down on pasteboard

Dimensions

Height: 59 mm, Width: 48 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Not among the miniatures lent to the Museum by the Hon. F H A Wallop, so presumably retained by him, or perhaps acquired on his own account by Alan Evans; bequeathed by Alan Evans in 1974 to the National Gallery; placed on indeterminate loan at the V&A.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown man, watercolour on vellum by Thomas Flatman, ca.1665.

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

Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1997.

Materials

Watercolour; Vellum

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Man; Landscape

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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