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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery

Mrs Priestman

Portrait Miniature
ca.1690 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portrait of a woman, turned to front, and wearing a headdress; oval on a rectangular sheet. Features in long soft diagonal strokes of brown, blended with blue, white and some sanguine, touches of black and white in the eyes, red in the lips, on a pale pinkish carnation ground; hair worked in grey, brown and bluish gouache over a brown wash; head-dress in white over a brown wash; dress in solid blue wash, modelled with black and with the lights in white; mantle in opaque browns; lace at breast in impasted white over a grey wash; background a pale brown wash, hatched with darker colour lower left and to the right of figure; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.
read Portrait miniatures at the V&A In 1857, the year the new South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) opened to the public, the museum acquired its first portrait miniature – an image of Queen Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard. The miniature, housed in an enamelled gold locket with a jewelled cover, is a rare survival as most E...
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Materials and Techniques
Watercolour on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book
Brief Description
Portrait miniature of Mary Priestman, née Rosse, watercolour on vellum by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, ca.1690.
Physical Description
Portrait of a woman, turned to front, and wearing a headdress; oval on a rectangular sheet. Features in long soft diagonal strokes of brown, blended with blue, white and some sanguine, touches of black and white in the eyes, red in the lips, on a pale pinkish carnation ground; hair worked in grey, brown and bluish gouache over a brown wash; head-dress in white over a brown wash; dress in solid blue wash, modelled with black and with the lights in white; mantle in opaque browns; lace at breast in impasted white over a grey wash; background a pale brown wash, hatched with darker colour lower left and to the right of figure; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 98mm
  • Sheet width: 69mm
  • Oval height: 86mm
  • Oval width: 68mm
Dimensions taken from John Murdoch Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
Content description
Portrait of a woman wearing a headdress, facing front.
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'Mrs Preistman[sic]' (Inscribed in metal-point on the back)
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
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.
Collection
Accession Number
452-1892

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