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Portrait miniature - Miss Wells

Miss Wells

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1690-1700 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cross, Peter (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 10, box See two unmarked drawers

Physical description

Portrait of a woman, head and shoulders, turned to front and looking to left. Features stippled in pale grey and sanguine with brown, yellow and blue, and with green-blue in the eyes, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash, hatched and stippled with darker colour and with some gouache lights, over the carnation; chemise in white and grey over an off-white wash; dress in transparent blue washes with some black shadow; background a brown wash, hatched and darkened to left, lightening to the right; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Nineteenth- or early twentieth-century copper-gilt locket; the back convex, the sides with two channels separated by a bead rising to the bezel, which holds the nearly flat glass by its bevelled edge; the hanger, which is soldered awkwardly to the top of the locket, is a ring of D-section set on a short-waisted column and has a pointed knop on the top. When acquired, the miniature was said to be in 'a brass frame'.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1690-1700 (painted)


Cross, Peter (artist)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

Signed, centre left


Height: 80 mm, Width: 67 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Julian Senior, his sale, Christie's 15 May 1906, lot 96, bt (42 gns) by E M Hodgkins on behalf of the Museum.

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Miss Wells, watercolour on vellum, painted by Peter Cross, 1690-1700.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London: The Stationery Office in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1997.


Watercolour; Vellum



Subjects depicted



Portraits; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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