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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F , Case RMC, Shelf 1, Box G

An Unknown Man

Portrait Miniature
1675-1680 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, turned slightly to left, looking to front, wearing a long wig and neckcloth tied in a bow. Features in short hatches of very gummy dark brown and sanguine, with touches of black and white heightening in the eyes, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash with gummy dark brown hatching and some lights in pale gouache, also over the carnation; cravat in pale grey wash, modelled in pale grey and black and with the lights in white; costume in brown washes, modelled in very gummy dark brown; background in brown wash hatched with darker colour, darkening to the right of the head; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Nineteenth-century silver-gilt locket, convex back and with sides with multiple step moulding sloping into a push-fit rim with a bezel, which holds the flat glass by its bevelled edge; the hanger of square section, channelled down the middle.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book
Brief Description
Portrait miniature of an unknown man, watercolour on vellum, painted by monogrammist J.L., 1675-1680.
Physical Description
Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, turned slightly to left, looking to front, wearing a long wig and neckcloth tied in a bow. Features in short hatches of very gummy dark brown and sanguine, with touches of black and white heightening in the eyes, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash with gummy dark brown hatching and some lights in pale gouache, also over the carnation; cravat in pale grey wash, modelled in pale grey and black and with the lights in white; costume in brown washes, modelled in very gummy dark brown; background in brown wash hatched with darker colour, darkening to the right of the head; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.



Frame: Nineteenth-century silver-gilt locket, convex back and with sides with multiple step moulding sloping into a push-fit rim with a bezel, which holds the flat glass by its bevelled edge; the hanger of square section, channelled down the middle.
Dimensions
  • Height: 65.5mm
  • Width: 55mm
Dimensions taken from John Murdoch Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
Content description
Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, wearing a long wig and neckcloth.
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'JL' (Signed in gold, lower right)
  • 'No (?)' (Inscribed on the back in graphite, and with another illegible word)
Credit line
Purchased with funds from the Stephenson Bequest
Object history
Provenance: Christie's 11 December 1933, lot 66, 'the property of a collector ... from the collection of the Duke of Leinster', dated 1680; bt for the Museum with funds from the R H Stephenson Bequest.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1933, London: Printed under the Authority of the Board of Education 1934
Collection
Accession Number
P.34-1933

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record createdJuly 10, 2003
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