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

An Unknown Man, called Sir Robert Henley

Portrait Miniature
1659 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portrait, turned slightly to right and looking to front; the sitter is wearing a neckcloth. Features boldly and freely hatched in brown and sanguine, with some blue shadow and touches of white heightening, over a thick creamy carnation ground; hair in brown wash, hatched with darker colour and heightened with pale gouache; cravat and sleeves in white over grey wash; doublet in hatched brown wash with bronzing and buttons in gold; brown-curtain background, with blue sky and grey clouds; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame
Seventeenth-century gold locket, convex back, straight sides with single broad channel, the bezel turned over the convex glass; the hanger of tear-drop form made with wire of D-section, with a central channel down the middle and bifurcating into flattened tapering spirals of three turns; a scroll-and-leaf engraving on the back beneath the hanger. Scratched on the back: TMW /The Earl of Sandwhich [sic] / by Sam’l Cooper / Nwt Cl’n 734 £to with a label printed D. of Hamilton. and written over in pen [Earl]of Sand[ wich ]; and Salting's printed label 1628 corrected by hand to 4628.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour on vellum, put down on a leaf from a table-book
Brief Description
Portrait miniature of a man, called Sir Robert Henley, watercolour on vellum, painted by Samuel Cooper, 1659.
Physical Description
Portrait, turned slightly to right and looking to front; the sitter is wearing a neckcloth. Features boldly and freely hatched in brown and sanguine, with some blue shadow and touches of white heightening, over a thick creamy carnation ground; hair in brown wash, hatched with darker colour and heightened with pale gouache; cravat and sleeves in white over grey wash; doublet in hatched brown wash with bronzing and buttons in gold; brown-curtain background, with blue sky and grey clouds; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.



Frame

Seventeenth-century gold locket, convex back, straight sides with single broad channel, the bezel turned over the convex glass; the hanger of tear-drop form made with wire of D-section, with a central channel down the middle and bifurcating into flattened tapering spirals of three turns; a scroll-and-leaf engraving on the back beneath the hanger. Scratched on the back: TMW /The Earl of Sandwhich [sic] / by Sam’l Cooper / Nwt Cl’n 734 £to with a label printed D. of Hamilton. and written over in pen [Earl]of Sand[ wich ]; and Salting's printed label 1628 corrected by hand to 4628.
Dimensions
  • Height: 71mm
  • Width: 57mm
Dimensions taken from John Murdoch Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
Content description
Oval portrait miniature of a man wearing a white bow round his neck.
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'SC: [interlaced] 1659' (Signed at lower right in black)
Credit line
Bequeathed by George Salting
Object history
Provenance

Dukes of Hamilton; Hamilton Palace sale, 15 July 1882,lot 1598, bt Philpot, £267.155.; C HT Hawkins, his sale, Christie's 13 May 1904,lot 906, bt Hodgkin, 470 gns; acquired by George Salting.(1) and by him bequeathed to the Museum, 1910. Probably identical with lot 734 at the sale of Lord Northwick's collection at Thirlestane House, 5 August 1859, bt Farrer of New Bond Street, £31.10s.; see inscription on case above.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
Collection
Accession Number
P.113-1910

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