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Portrait miniature - Sir Samuel Morland, Bart

Sir Samuel Morland, Bart

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1660-1661 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooper, Samuel (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs A. B. Woodcroft

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Portrait, head and shoulders, turned to right and looking to front; a blue sky in the right background. Features delicately hatched in pale brown and sanguine with very small touches of grey, blue shadows, a touch of white in the sitter's left eye, on a thick creamy carnation ground; hair in brown wash, hatched and heightened with opaque colours; collar and sleeves in white over grey wash; jerkin in brown wash with bronzing and buttons in gold; background an opaque brown wash with blue sky and grey cloud hatched over with blue washes; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1660-1661 (painted)


Cooper, Samuel (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

'Sir Samuel / Morland / Cooper'
Inscribed on the back in graphite by a nineteenth-century hand


Height: 60 mm, Width: 48 mm, Height: 75 mm With frame including loop, Width: 52 mm with frame

Object history note

Provenance: Lord Northwick, his sale Thirlestane House, Cheltenham, 5 August 1859, lot 725, bt Woodcroft, £6.16d.6s; bequeathed to the Museum by Mrs A BWoodcroft, 1903.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Sir Samuel Morland. Watercolour on vellum by Samuel Cooper, 1660-1661.

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

Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
Margarette, Lincoln Samael Pepys: plage, fire, revolution London : Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2015. Published to accompany the exhibition held 20 November 2015 - 28 March 2016 at the National Maritime Museum.


Vellum; Watercolour




Portraits; Paintings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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