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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:


  • 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)


ca.1649 (painted)


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


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.


Vellum; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Man; Armour


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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