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Portrait miniature - A Soldier, called Lord Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick
  • A Soldier, called Lord Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick
    Cooper, Samuel
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A Soldier, called Lord Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1649 (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:

    EVANS.18

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Portrait, head and shoulders, turned slightly to left and looking to front; the sitter is wearing armour. Features (where visible) in sharp, wiry hatches of brown and sanguine, with some blue-grey shadowing diagonally stroked and white heightening, on a thick yellowish carnation ground; hair in long loose strokes of grey and brown with some white; collar mainly bare vellum modelled in grey; armour in grey wash, hatched with darker colour and with white lights and gold rivets; background a dense dark brown wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Twentieth-century gilt-metal oval locket, with slip-in bezel at back, set with convex glass to show the old inscription; the sides half-round with a projecting rolled-edge bezel holding the principal glass, also convex; hanger of cosse de pais type with central tear-drop opening, two projections on each side, and small ball finial, with a tapering flat wire spiral of five turns on each side of it.

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

ca.1649 (painted)

Artist/maker

Cooper, Samuel (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

'S.c./ 1649'
Signed falsely in gold, centre left

'Lord.Rich/S.C./ 1649'
Inscribed on the back in a nineteenth-century hand

Dimensions

Height: 52 mm, Width: 40 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Acquired from an undisclosed source by the Hon. F H A Wallop before 1927 and lent to the V&A until 1949; given in 1933 to Alan Evans, by whom bequeathed to the National Gallery, 1974; placed on indeterminate loan at the V&A. (See Appendix 3.)

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of a soldier, called Lord Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick, watercolour on vellum, painted by Samuel Cooper, ca.1649.

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

Man; Armour

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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