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Mrs Priestman

  • 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:

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

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.

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

Marks and inscriptions

'Mrs Preistman[sic]'
Inscribed in metal-point on the back


Height: 98 mm sheet, Width: 69 mm sheet, Height: 86 mm oval, Width: 68 mm oval

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 Mary Priestman, née Rosse, watercolour on vellum by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, ca.1690.

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.


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted



Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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