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An Unknown Man

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1670-1675 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pawlett, William (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 9, box D

Physical description

Portrait of a man, half-length, turned to left and looking to front; the sitter is wearing a neckcloth tied in a bow, long wig and suit of armour; on the left is a baton and a helmet with plumes. Features freely hatched in brown and sanguine, with black in the eyes and facial hair and touches of white for the eyes and tip of the nose, on a pale creamy carnation ground; hair in brown wash, deeply hatched in gummy black and grey with ochre lights; cravat in impasted white over a grey wash; armour, landscape background and accoutrements in appropriate opaque washes, hatched with darker colour and heightened with white; sash in lake washed wet-in-wet; a black marginal strip; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table- book.

Tortoiseshell and black oak, perhaps late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century. The back board with a label of William Dodds, Carver Gilder and Glass Manufacturer, of 5 St Martin's Lane.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1670-1675 (painted)


Pawlett, William (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in white, lower left


Height: 224 mm, Width: 188 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Acquired by John Jones from an unrecorded source and by him bequeathed to the Museum, 1882.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown man, watercolour on vellum, painted by W. P., probably William Pawlett, 1670-1675.

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; Plume; Helmet; Baton; Armour


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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