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Portrait miniature - An Unknown Man

An Unknown Man

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1695 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Alan Evans Bequest, given by the National Gallery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Portrait of a man, head and shoulders, turned slightly to right, eyes to left and wearing a neckcloth and armour. Features finely hatched in pale brown, with some sanguine for the lips and dark grey for the eyes, on a pale yellowish carnation ground; hair in pale brown wash, hatched and lined with dark brown, dark grey and pale grey; cravat in pale brown wash modelled in white; armour in pale brown wash, worked over with dark grey and with white for the lights and ochre for the rivets; background a solid brown wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Seventeenth-century oval gold locket; convex back, straight sides with a single narrow thread moulding incised at the arris, and holding the convex glass in a bezel by its bevelled edges; hanger of D-section formed as a simple ring, and strengthened with a rattail down the back; set in a turned oval black wooden frame of apparently eighteenth-century type. Compare the locket with that on Cat. No. 140. [P.21-1955]

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca. 1695 (painted)


Rosse, Susannah Penelope (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed lower centre left, in ochre


Height: 28 mm, Width: 24 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Presumably acquired from Cooper's estate by the Rosses, or perhaps by Priestman (see Rosse, Cat. No. 143) and perhaps in the Michael Rosse sale, 2 April 1723; eventually purchased by Edwin [Durning] Lawrence before 1862, and sold by him to the Museum for £525 in 1892.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown man, watercolour on vellum, painted by Susannah-Penelope Rosse, ca.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.


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted

Man; Armour


Portraits; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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