A fine portrait miniature of a distinguished looking Lady
A fine portrait miniature of a distinguished looking Lady

RICHARD CROSSE (1742-1810)

A fine portrait miniature of a distinguished looking Lady

c. 1780 United Kingdom

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A fine portrait of a Lady with upswept powdered hair, in lilac dress trimmed with lace, figured white fichu and lace bonnet
In the original gold frame

Richard Crosse was deaf and dumb, however, he was very successful, and was highly regarded by his distinguished clientele. His clients included the Prince of Wales, and the Dukes of Cumberland and Gloucester.
He fell in love with his cousin, Miss Sarah Cobley, but she married another man, leaving Crosse heartbroken. He is said to have felt the pain of this unrequited love for the rest of his life, and never married. His brother kept house and acted as liaison between Crosse and his clients. Crosse retired to Wells in the late 1790s, and lived with Miss Cobley’s brother. Crosse met Sarah Cobley again in 1807, when she decided to visit her brother after she learned she was suffering from a fatal illness. She arrived unexpectedly, and her brother was not able to get Crosse out of the house beforehand. On seeing Sarah after so many years, Crosse rushed up to her and embraced her with strong emotion. She died the next day. Crosse died in May 1810, at his old family home in Knowle
good, minor dusting of mould on the left hand border
Height 39.00 mm (1.54 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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