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Portrait miniature - An Unknown Man

An Unknown Man

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1680-1690 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cross, Peter (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting

  • 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, head turned slightly to left and looking to front; the sitter is wearing a long wig, armour and a neckcloth. Features stippled in grey and sanguine with brown and blue, and with white heightening in the eyes, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash, hatched and stippled with darker brown and black, and with the lights in gouache, over the carnation; cravat in white and grey over an off-white wash; armour washed and hatched in opaque greys and with touches of blue, with the highlights in white and the studs in metallic gold; background a dense brown wash; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Seventeenth- or perhaps eighteenth-century oval silver-gilt locket; the back convex (possibly regilded) and engraved elaborately with a symmetrical pattern of acanthus and other foliar ornament issuing from a triangle at the base of the hanger in an apparently eighteenth-century manner; the channelled sides rise to the bezel, which has been replaced with a gold rim that holds the edges of the flat glass; the hanger of D-section, channelled down the middle, bifurcates and turns back into two small loops before beginning diminishing spirals of five turns. Scratched on the back in a nineteenth-century hand: Lord / Maynard.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1680-1690 (painted)


Cross, Peter (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed lower left, in gold


Height: 78 mm, Width: 65 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Acquired from an unrecorded source by George Salting, and by him bequeathed to the Museum, 1910.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of an unknown man, watercolour on vellum, painted by Peter Cross, 1680-1690.

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; Frames


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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