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Portrait miniature - Catherine Howard, Lady d' Aubigny, and later Lady Newburgh
  • Catherine Howard, Lady d' Aubigny, and later Lady Newburgh
    Hoskins, John I
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Catherine Howard, Lady d' Aubigny, and later Lady Newburgh

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1638-1640 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hoskins, John I (artist)
    Anthony van Dyck, born 1599 - died 1641 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolur on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    P.157-1910

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Portrait, half-length, turned to right and looking to front; the sitter is touching a bouquet of flowers with her right hand. Features in very delicate stipple of brown, sanguine, yellow and blue, blended into smooth gouache over a warm carnation ground; the hair in pale brown wash, lined with darker colour and with broad, soft gouache lights; the dress in opaque blue wash, modelled with hatching in darker colour and with the lights in white; cuff of the chemise in very pale brown wash modelled and heightened in white; flowers and shawl in transparent washes, hatched with darker colour and with the lights partly taken out and partly done in white; the jewellery picked out with metallic silver and the pearls in white over pale brown wash; background in brown wash hatched in darker colour for the shaded area; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: A late nineteenth-century gilt-brass, oval composite frame, the outer rim sloping up to a deep channel which is filled by a milled half-round fillet in the middle, then descending in a concave slope with a cast and chased rose-and-tulip motif repeating with scrolling foliate ornament; the inner ring soldered to the outer, composed of a plain concave border surrounding a narrow field with a repeated palm motif. The latter constitutes the rebate, which holds a shallowly convex glass; a simple brass ring soldered to the back at the top, with a ring-hanger fitted to it; the whole push-fitted to a heavy, plain oval box back, constructed to fit into a velvet-covered cushion mount in a larger frame, which is missing.

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

1638-1640 (painted)

Artist/maker

Hoskins, John I (artist)
Anthony van Dyck, born 1599 - died 1641 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolur on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Marks and inscriptions

'2/Richmond'
Inscribed on the back in graphite by a late nineteenth-century hand

Dimensions

Height: 104 cm, Width: 86 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Said by Pfungst (1) to have been sold from the Royal Collection at Windsor; acquired from an unknown source by George Salting (no. 4675), and by him bequeathed to the Museum, 1910.(2)

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Catherine Howard, Lady d'Aubigny, watercolour on vellum, painted by John Hoskins, after Van Dyck, 1638-1640.

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.

Materials

Vellum; Watercolour

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Woman

Categories

Portraits; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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