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Portrait miniature - A Woman, presumably a self-portrait of Susannah-Penelope Rosse
  • A Woman, presumably a self-portrait of Susannah-Penelope Rosse
    Rosse, Susannah Penelope
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A Woman, presumably a self-portrait of Susannah-Penelope Rosse

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1680 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:

    451-1892

  • Gallery location:

    Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery, case 7

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, half-length, nearly right profile, looking to front. Features softly hatched in brown and sanguine, shadowed with blue and with some white partly blended in, black in the eyes, red in the lips, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash, worked over with very dark brown and with the lights in grey and ochre gouache; dress indicated in brown wash; background a cloudy opaque grey-blue wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

ca.1680 (painted)

Artist/maker

Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

'Mrs Rosse'
Inscribed faintly in metal-point on the back

Dimensions

Height: 80 mm, Width: 64 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

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Portrait miniature of a woman, presumably a self portrait by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, watercolour on vellum, ca.1680.

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.

Materials

Watercolour; Vellum

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Artist; Woman

Categories

Paintings; Portraits; Hair and hairstyles

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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