A miniature portrait of an Unknown Lady
A miniature portrait of an Unknown Lady
A miniature portrait of an Unknown Lady


A miniature portrait of an Unknown Lady

c. 1780 United Kingdom

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She wears a powdered blue dress with white underslip and lace fichu, her powdered hair with elaborate lace cap
Set in the original gold navette shaped frame with bright-cut work on the reverse and two bracelet clasps

This miniature dates from Roch's Dublin period, circa 1788, before he moved to Bath The sitter wears a round cap, which was an important item of informal headdress throughout the 18th century. This miniature is typical of Roch's hand in that it is painted with minute linear brushstokes. The bright-cut decoration on the reverse is seen on many of Roch's early works.

Roch was born deaf and dumb so he employed Charles Bynre (who was also a miniaturist) to act as his interpreter. In 1792 he went and lived permanently in Bath where he had a large practice attracting many distinguished clients and Royal patronage. After his wife died in 1822 he returned to live at his family house at Woodbine Hill, co. Waterford.
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 10, 50 (#211).
Height 4.50 cm (1.77 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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