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Portrait miniature - The Hon. John Stafford-Howard

The Hon. John Stafford-Howard

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1687-1695 (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 I

Physical description

Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, facing front and wearing a long wig and neckcloth. Features stippled in grey and sanguine, with touches of yellow and blue and some white heightening in the eyes, on a pale carnation ground; hair in pale brown wash, hatched and stippled with darker browns and black and with some gouache lights, over the carnation; cravat in white with pale grey over an off-white wash; robe in opaque black; background in opaque dark brown, hatched with darker colour to the left of sitter's head, and paler colour centre right; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: A modern gilt rim of curved section with flanged sides, creating a rebate for the glass; for fitting to a velvet -covered board, but altered for independent display by the attachment of a small loop hanger at the top.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1687-1695 (painted)


Cross, Peter (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed, centre right, in black


Height: 90 mm, Width: 73 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Presumably by descent in the family; purchased for £50 from Sir Henry Stafford Jerningham, Bart, October 1923.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of the Hon. John Stafford-Howard, watercolour on vellum, painted by Peter Cross, 1687-1695.

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.

Production Note

This miniature is catalogue number 171 in John Murdoch “Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum” (1997).


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted



Portraits; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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