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A Woman, formerly said to be Anne Scott, Duchess of Monmouth and Buccleuch

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1670 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Alan Evans Bequest, given by the National Gallery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, head and shoulders and facing to front. Features in large soft strokes of brown and sanguine, with bright blue and blue-green stippled shading and broad coarse sanguine hatches crossing the features and neck diagonally, on a very pale carnation ground; hair in pale brown wash, hatched and lined in darker colour with the lights
in pale gouache with some blue touches; chemise in white wash modelled in grey; the costume freely washed with ultramarine and lake, with the lights in white; background in ochre gouache over blue (originally intended to be a sky?) with some opaque blue stipple superimposed; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Twentieth-century oval frame of turned ebonised fruitwood; the sides rounded, rising through a complex series of mouldings before descending sharply to a narrow black fillet above an inner ring of gilded wood forming the upper surface of the rebate, which holds the shallowly convex glass; the hanger a simple brass ring held by a small staple driven into the frame.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca.1670 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

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


Height: 83 mm, Width: 68 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Acquired by the Hon. F H A Wallop from an unrecorded source and placed on loan at the V&A 1929-49; the ownership transferred to Alan Evans, 1933, and by him bequeathed to the National Gallery, 1974; placed on indeterminate loan at the V&A.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of a woman, formerly said to be Anne Scott, Duchess of Monmouth and Buccleuch, watercolour on vellum, English School, ca.1670.

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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