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Mrs Pru Phillips

  • 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, looking to front, the head turned slighlty to left, a ringlet of hair on her left shoulder; oval on a rectangular sheet. Features in very soft blended strokes of brown with blue shadowing, with pink gouache around the nostrils, black and blue with white lights for the eyes, and red for the lips, on a thick creamy carnation ground; hair in very pale brown strokes with grey gouache and long darker brown lining; dress indicated by a red wash, with grey-blue for a mantle and impasted white over pale brown wash for the chemise; background diagonally hatched in browns and ochres over a pale 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

'Mrs Pru Fillips'
Inscribed on the back, in graphite


Height: 93 mm sheet, Width: 70 mm sheet, Height: 75 mm oval, Width: 59 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 Pru Phillips, watercolour on vellum by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, ca.1690.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Murdoch, 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



Portraits; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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