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My Father Rosse

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1677 (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 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.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca.1677 (painted)


Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

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.


Height: 88 mm, Width: 70 mm

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Christopher Rosse, watercolour on vellum by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, ca.1677.

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

Man; Landscape


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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