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Mrs Vrybergen

  • 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, half-length, to front and wearing a headdress; oval on a rectangular sheet. Features in soft brown hatches blended with blue and white, with black in the eyes and red in the lips, on a pale off-white carnation ground; hair washed in pale brown gouache over pale brown; head-dress in white and greenish brown; dress in a solid blue wash, with darker colour and white for the lights; mantle in grey gouache, lined in red and with the lights in pale pink hatches; lace at the breast in impasted white over grey; background in brown wash, darker to the left, pale to the right; 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 Vryberge'
Inscribed in metal-point (?) on the back


Height: 96 mm sheet, Width: 67 mm sheet, Height: 70 mm oval, Width: 57 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 Mrs Marinus van Vrybergen, 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; Hair and hairstyles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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