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Portrait miniature - Mr Wignall, Painter

Mr Wignall, Painter

  • 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 10

Physical description

Portrait of a man, half-length, turned to left, looking to front and wearing a neckcloth and long wig; oval on a rectangular sheet. Features freely hatched in brown and sanguine, with grey-blue shadowing, black for the eyes and touches of white, on a pale carnation ground; hair in washes of grey gouache and brown heightened with ochre; cravat in white shaded with grey and brown; robe in brown wash, modelled with darker colour and with the lights in ochre; background a solid dark brown wash; 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

'Mr.Wignal Painter'
Inscribed in graphite, on the back (originally Mrs. was written but the 's' was deleted)


Height: 93 mm sheet, Width: 69 mm sheet

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 Mr. Wignall, 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

Painter; Man


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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