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Portrait miniature - William Gore

William Gore

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1670 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cross, Peter (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 1, box H

Physical description

Portrait of a man, to front and wearing a neckcloth and long wig. Features drawn with long strokes of sanguine, shaded with a little blue and grey-brown, and blended with a pale carnation ground; hair washed and hatched in pale yellowish-brown with grey and white heightening; collar in grey heightened with white, the tie in pale ultramarine shaded with darker colour; costume washed and hatched in mixed transparent and opaque grey and black; the shirt in white washes; the background in black wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: A recently made double-sided silver locket, with shallowly convex glass set in strip sides which curve to the bezels; the hanger of the rectangular section grooved down the middle and flanked by tapering spirals in flat wire of six turns.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1670 (painted)


Cross, Peter (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed lower centre right

'Mr willm gore picto[?r] / P:Cross: fecit 1670'
Inscribed on the back in graphite and underlined with a long flourish


Height: 62 mm, Width: 51 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Mrs Gore Langton; sold Sotheby's 1 August 1935, lot 70, bt Agnew on behalf of the Museum with funds from the Capt. H B Murray Bequest

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of William Gore, watercolour on vellum, painted by Peter Cross, 1670.

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.


Vellum; Watercolour



Subjects depicted



Portraits; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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