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Portrait miniature - A Man, called Charles, 5th Lord North
  • A Man, called Charles, 5th Lord North
    Cooper, Samuel
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A Man, called Charles, 5th Lord North

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    1655-1660 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooper, Samuel (artist)

  • 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 F

Physical description

Portrait, half-length, to right; the sitter is wearing armour and a neckcloth. Features in free hatches of brown with small touches of sanguine, blue in the shadows, and white heightening, on a thick pale carnation ground; hair in brown washes with some white; armour in grey and blue wash with white heightening and yellow gouache for the studs; background to the left a dense brown wash, to the right a sky and landscape in blue, grey, green and white, with some bare vellum; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Nineteenth-century oval copper-gilt locket, the convex back overlapping the straight sides which hold the shallowly convex glass by its bevelled edge in a bezel; inside the glass, a gilt-foil strip covers the sides of the miniature where, in seventeenth-century practice, the edges of the vellum would be painted with a metallic gold border; the hanger of D-section chased and grooved down the middle, and soldered to the backplate of the locket; at the base of the hanger, two small separate loops of flat wire rise into a pair of diminishing spirals of five turns. On the back of the locket, several labels, including a printed exhibition label On loan from/1862 and inscribed in ink: Baroness North/Aug.22. Another label inscribed in ink: Charles/ Lord North.The back of the locket also scratched 7255and a dealer's price code SM/ -/-.

Place of Origin

London (painted)


1655-1660 (painted)


Cooper, Samuel (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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


Height: 59 mm, Width: 49 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Believed to be by descent in the family of the Lords North de Kirtling at Wroxton Abbey, near Banbury, axon; acquired by the Hon. F HA Wallop in 1922 and lent to theV&A 1927-49; given to Alan Evans in 1933, by whom bequeathed to the National Gallery, 1974; placed on indeterminate loan at the V&A. (See Appendix 3.)

Descriptive line

Miniature portrait of a man, called charles, 5th Lord North. Watercolour on vellum by Samuel Cooper, 1655-1660.

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.


Vellum; Watercolour



Subjects depicted



Portraits; Paintings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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