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Portrait miniature - A Woman, perhaps Mary Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of York
  • A Woman, perhaps Mary Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of York
    Rosse, Susannah Penelope
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A Woman, perhaps Mary Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of York

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1675 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:

    P.38-1919

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, half-length, to front. Features diagonally hatched in brown with blue shading, touches of red in the lips and eyes, with blue, dark blue and touches of white for the highlights in the eyes, on a pale yellowish carnation ground; hair in pale brown wash, modelled in darker colour and with the lights in grey-blue gouache; chemise in pale brown wash, modelled in thick white; dress in brown wash, modelled in darker colour and with the lights in pale gouache; cloak in blue wash modelled in darker colour; background a solid brown wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Seventeenth-century oval gold locket, with concave back enamelled with a reversed cypher beneath a ducal coronet in black on a white ground; the sides a shallow V-section with a scallop moulding to the bezel, which holds a flat glass by its bevelled edge; two flat curving wires are soldered top and bottom, following the curve of the locket, as slides through which a ribbon would be passed.

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

ca.1675 (painted)

Artist/maker

Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

'SPR'
Signed in gold, lower centre left

Dimensions

Height: 25 mm, Width: 22 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Mrs E M Thompson, from whom purchased by private treaty, 1919.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of a woman, perhaps Mary Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of York, watercolour on vellum by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, ca.1675.

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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921

Materials

Watercolour; Vellum

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Duchess

Categories

Paintings; Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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