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On display at V&A South Kensington
Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery

Portrait of Marco Ricci

Miniature Portrait
c.1724 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

read Portrait miniatures at the V&A In 1857, the year the new South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) opened to the public, the museum acquired its first portrait miniature – an image of Queen Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard. The miniature, housed in an enamelled gold locket with a jewelled cover, is a rare survival as most E...
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour on ivory
Brief Description
Portrait miniature of Marco Ricci, full face in embroidered gold coat, lace cravat, blue silk cloak falling over his right shoulder, full bottomed curling powdered wig, painted by Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757). Painted in watercolour on ivory. Inscribed on the reverse 'The Portrait of Marco Ricci/by Rosalba'. About 1724
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
The Portrait of Marco Ricci/by Rosalba (Inscribed on the reverse)
Credit line
Given by the Old Possum's Practical Trust from the collection of Mrs Valerie Eliot
Object history
Given by the Old Possum's Practical Trust from the collection of Mrs Valerie Eliot, 2013
Collection
Accession Number
E.402-2013

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record createdApril 4, 2013
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