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Portrait miniature - An Unknown Woman

An Unknown Woman

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1690 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 7, box A

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, half-length, almost right profile, looking to front and wearing a headdress. Features boldly hatched in brown and sanguine with touches of darker colour, black and grey gouache, and red for the lips; hair in pale brown wash, lined with darker colour and the lights in grey gouache; all on a very pale off-white carnation ground; background a solid dark grey wash, lightened slightly to the right; the costume unpainted; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table- book.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca.1690 (painted)


Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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


Height: 82 mm, Width: 68 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Presumably acquired from Cooper's estate by the Rosses, or perhaps by Priestman (see Rosse, Cat. No. 143) and perhaps in the Michael Rosse sale, 2 April 1723; eventually purchased by Edwin [Durning] Lawrence before 1862, and sold by him to the Museum for £525 in 1892.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown woman, watercolour on vellum by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, 1690-1695.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London: The Stationery Office in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1997.
Emma Rutherford and Dr Bendor Grosvenor, Warts and All. The portrait miniatures of Samuel Cooper London: Philip Mould & Company, 2013.
pp. 134-5


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted



Paintings; Portraits; Hair and hairstyles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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