A Fine portrait of a Naval Officer
A Fine portrait of a Naval Officer

RICHARD CROSSE (1742-1810)

A Fine portrait of a Naval Officer

c. 1780 United Kingdom

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Wearing a white lined gold trimmed blue coat, white stock and tied cravat, powdered hair en queue

The deaf and mute portrait miniaturist, Richard Crosse, son of John and Mary Crosse, was born at Knowle near Cullompton in Devon. An early exponent of watercolour on ivory, Crosse rose to fame to become a highly regarded artist active during the golden age of miniature portrait painting from 1770 until 1800.

His honest, yet delicate use of colour was greatly admired by fellow artists and eminent patrons alike, including King George III who made him the official court ‘Painter in Enamel’ on the basis of this talent. Indeed, the quality of his work positions Crosse among Andrew Plimer, Ozias Humphry and Jeremiah Meyer.
Minor dirt under glass.
Commendatore Melville A Jamieson
Property of a Lady, Christie's, London,13 July 1983, lot 551
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 10, 51 (#215).
Height 3.90 cm (1.54 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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