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A Man, probably intended to represent John Milton

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    late 17th century-early 18th century (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • 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 1, box I

Physical description

Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, facing to front and wearing a white collar. Features in dark grey stipple with touches of blue in the eyes and traces of faded sanguine, on a pale carnation ground; hair in pale brown wash, lined and hatched in darker colour and with the lights in pale brown gouache; collar modelled with grey stipple over the bare vellum, with some thick white; robe in black wash with the lights, buttons, etc. in pale grey; background a solid ultramarine wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Rectangular fruitwood veneer stained black over oak, the joints mitred at the front, halved at the back; fitted, perhaps later, with an oval slip and the aperture further reduced with a gilt rim to fit the miniature; card backing and a simple brass ring and fastener nailed to the oak carcase.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


late 17th century-early 18th century (painted)



Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed falsely in gold, upper left


Height: 75 mm, Width: 60 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 a man, probably intended to represent John Milton, watercolour on vellum, English school, late 18th-early 19th century.

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.


Material; Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted

Man; Poet


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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