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A Woman, called Lady Leigh

Portrait Miniature
1648 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portrait, half-length, turned slightly to left and looking to front, with right hand touching her left arm; the sitter is wearing a pearl necklace and earrings. Features boldly and freely hatched in brown and sanguine, with some blue shadow and touches of opaque white heightening, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash, hatched with darker colour and with the lights in gouache; dress in brown wash, hatched and with the lights in gouache; background an opaque brown wash, with a sky in opaque washes of blue and grey; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Nineteenth-century oval gilt-brass frame; the flat glass fitted into a rebate; the inner margin is a row of cast and chased leaves within a shallow depression rising to a narrow reeded band and a broad convex band of acanthus leaves alternating with stemmed trefoils; the outer border is a rope moulding; the whole is inserted into a plain brass strip-ring to which the hanger is attached. The main inner part of the assemblage was probably intended originally to be fitted into a velvet covered surround.


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 an unknown woman, called Lady Leigh, watercolour on vellum, painted by Samuel Cooper, 1648.
Physical Description
Portrait, half-length, turned slightly to left and looking to front, with right hand touching her left arm; the sitter is wearing a pearl necklace and earrings. Features boldly and freely hatched in brown and sanguine, with some blue shadow and touches of opaque white heightening, on a pale carnation ground; hair in brown wash, hatched with darker colour and with the lights in gouache; dress in brown wash, hatched and with the lights in gouache; background an opaque brown wash, with a sky in opaque washes of blue and grey; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.



Frame: Nineteenth-century oval gilt-brass frame; the flat glass fitted into a rebate; the inner margin is a row of cast and chased leaves within a shallow depression rising to a narrow reeded band and a broad convex band of acanthus leaves alternating with stemmed trefoils; the outer border is a rope moulding; the whole is inserted into a plain brass strip-ring to which the hanger is attached. The main inner part of the assemblage was probably intended originally to be fitted into a velvet covered surround.
Dimensions
  • Height: 73mm
  • Width: 60mm
  • Frame with loop height: 120mm
  • Frame without loop height: 108mm
  • Frame width: 96mm
  • Frame depth: 10mm
73 x 60 mm: Dimensions taken from John Murdoch Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'S.C/1648' (Signed in gold, centre right)
Credit line
Salting Bequest
Object history
Provenance: Acquired by George Salting from an undisclosed source, and bequeathed by him to the Museum, 1910.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
  • p.53Emma Rutherford and Dr Bendor Grosvenor, Warts and All. The portrait miniatures of Samuel Cooper London: Philip Mould & Company, 2013.
Collection
Accession Number
P.114-1910

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record createdJuly 3, 2003
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