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

My Father Rosse

Portrait Miniature
ca.1677 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portrait of a man, turned slightly to right, eyes to front and wearing a patterned lace neckcloth. Features boldly hatched in brown and sanguine, with blue-grey shadows and touches of white, black in the eyes and red in the lips, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash, lined with darker colour, and with grey and pale brown gouache lights; cravat in pale brown wash, modelled in white, and the lights in white with touches of black; robe in brown wash, modelled in darker colour and red-brown; landscape and sky background in yellow, blue and grey-brown gouache; to the left a solid dark brown wash; 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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Object Type
Additional TitleChristopher Rosse (generic title)
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book
Brief Description
Portrait miniature of Christopher Rosse, watercolour on vellum by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, ca.1677.
Physical Description
Portrait of a man, turned slightly to right, eyes to front and wearing a patterned lace neckcloth. Features boldly hatched in brown and sanguine, with blue-grey shadows and touches of white, black in the eyes and red in the lips, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash, lined with darker colour, and with grey and pale brown gouache lights; cravat in pale brown wash, modelled in white, and the lights in white with touches of black; robe in brown wash, modelled in darker colour and red-brown; landscape and sky background in yellow, blue and grey-brown gouache; to the left a solid dark brown wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.



Dimensions
  • Height: 88mm
  • Width: 70mm
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 man, turned slightly to right, wearing a neckcloth, a landscape in background.
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'My Father / Rosse' (Inscribed in graphite on the back; and above, truncated by the cutting of the card to the oval, the descending loop of (possibly) the long 5 in the rtist's signature or of her initials. )
Object history
Provenance: Presumably some early history shared with the Coopers (Cat. Nos 88-91), in the Rosse or Priestman families; eventually purchased by Edwin [Durning] Lawrence before 1862, and sold by him to the Museum, 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
456-1892

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