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Portrait miniature - Lady Katherine Tufton

Lady Katherine Tufton

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1707 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cross, Peter (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 I

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, head and shoulders, facing to front, the head turned slighly to left. Features stippled in brown and sanguine, with blue-green shadow and some opaque heightening, on a pale carnation ground; hair washed and hatched and stippled in brown and grey, with some gouache for the lights; dress in opaque blue wash, heightened with white, and the chemise in white, hatched and shadowed with grey; background a thick dark brown wash to the left, lightening to olive green to the right; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Eighteenth-century gold and silver-gilt locket, the convex back in silver-gilt, the sides of gold strip grooved with a deep channel and holding the back of the locket in a bezel; the flat glass set in a rebate at the front, and the outside chased with thread mouldings rising to a central arris; the hanger removed, and the whole set in a turned black wooden frame with a brass backplate. The latter is engraved: 22 / L.Crosse /Eliz.th Greville/ L.dy Guildford.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1707 (painted)


Cross, Peter (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in gold, lower centre right

'Lady Katherine / Tufton/ P Cross fec / 1707'
Inscribed by the artist in graphite on the back


Height: 85 mm, Width: 68 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Among the heirlooms of the Barons North de Kirtling at Wroxton Abbey, near Banbury, Oxfordshire; acquired by the Hon F H A Wallop in 1922 and lent to the V&A 1927-49; the ownership transferred to Alan Evans, probably in 1933, and by him bequeathed to the National Gallery, 1974; placed on indeterminate loan at the V&A.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Lady Katherine Tufton, watercolour on vellum, painted by Peter Cross, 1707.

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



Portraits; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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