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

Unknown Woman, perhaps Alice Beale

Portrait Miniature
1661 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portrait of a woman, turned slightly to left, facing to front and looking to right; the sitter is wearing a pearl earring in her left ear. Features directly hatched and softly stippled in brown and sanguine, shaded with blue and heightened with white, with added gum in the shadows, on a pale carnation ground; hair washed and hatched in browns with gouache lights and added gum heightening; dress and landscape background washed and hatched in opaque colours, with very slight touches of gold in the landscape and at the visible ear-ring; plain opaque brown background to the right and a landscape and sky background, in opaque washes of green, grey, blue, yellow and white, to the left; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.

Frame: Nineteenth- or twentieth-century silver-gilt locket with convex back and rounded sides, the shallowly convex glass held in a bezel by its bevelled edge; the hanger of teardrop form made from wire of triangular section, bifurcating and turning back into reversed loops on each side of the hanger before going into diminishing spirals of seven turns. A label of the ]oseph Collection inscribed: <i>26/ Thomas Flatman/portrait of his Wife.</i>


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 woman, perhaps Alice Beale, ca. 1660-1665, watercolour on vellum, painted by Thomas Flatman (1635-1688).
Physical Description
Portrait of a woman, turned slightly to left, facing to front and looking to right; the sitter is wearing a pearl earring in her left ear. Features directly hatched and softly stippled in brown and sanguine, shaded with blue and heightened with white, with added gum in the shadows, on a pale carnation ground; hair washed and hatched in browns with gouache lights and added gum heightening; dress and landscape background washed and hatched in opaque colours, with very slight touches of gold in the landscape and at the visible ear-ring; plain opaque brown background to the right and a landscape and sky background, in opaque washes of green, grey, blue, yellow and white, to the left; on vellum put down on a leaf from a table-book.



Frame: Nineteenth- or twentieth-century silver-gilt locket with convex back and rounded sides, the shallowly convex glass held in a bezel by its bevelled edge; the hanger of teardrop form made from wire of triangular section, bifurcating and turning back into reversed loops on each side of the hanger before going into diminishing spirals of seven turns. A label of the ]oseph Collection inscribed: <i>26/ Thomas Flatman/portrait of his Wife.</i>

Dimensions
  • Height: 76mm
  • Width: 63mm
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
Portrait of a woman, turned slightly to left and wearing a pearl earring.
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'TF/ 1661' (Signed in gold, lower centre right)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Emma Joseph
Object history
Provenance: S S Joseph by 1894; Mrs Emma Joseph, his widow, by whom presented to the Museum, May 1941.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Murdoch, John. Seventeenth-century English Miniatures in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: The Stationery Office, 1997.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1941, London: HMSO, 1954.
Collection
Accession Number
P.14-1941

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record createdJuly 3, 2003
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