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Portrait miniature - Johann Zoffany (RA)
  • Johann Zoffany (RA)
    Zoffany, Johan Joseph, born 1733 - died 1810
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Johann Zoffany (RA)

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    late 18th century? (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Zoffany, Johan Joseph, born 1733 - died 1810 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painting on ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Oliver Jones, a descendant of the Artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 2, box I

Physical description

Oval miniature portrait, to right and looking to front; wearing a blue coat.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, painted)


late 18th century? (painted)


Zoffany, Johan Joseph, born 1733 - died 1810 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Painting on ivory

Marks and inscriptions

'My Father'
Inscribed on a piece of paper stuck at the back


Height: 3.4 cm, Width: 2.9 cm

Object history note

According to family tradition, Zoffany gave this miniature self-portrait to his youngest daughter, Laura Helen Constantia. The back of the frame is engraved with the initials J. M. L. C. E., which are said to be those of Zoffany's daughters. The family tradition does not appear to be supported by any documentary evidence.

Descriptive line

Miniature portrait of Johann Zoffany (RA), said to be a self portrait of the artist. Painting on ivory, late 18th century?

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1954 London: HMSO, 1963
Summary Catalogue of Miniatures in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Haslemere: Emmett Microform, 1981





Subjects depicted



Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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