A miniature portrait of an unknown soldier
A miniature portrait of an unknown soldier


A miniature portrait of an unknown soldier

c. 1690 United Kingdom

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He with long brown curling wig, wears armour and lace jabot, blue sky background, set in the original silver gilt frame with pierced spiral cresting and paste border

The daughter of the miniature painter Richard Gibson, Rosse is best known for her copies of the works of her neighbour, Samuel Cooper. She was praised by George Vertue 'as by these may bee seen; nobody ever copy'd him better'. A talented artist, she did not need to work for a living, but produced portraits of family and friends that serve as an intimate record of her life. Many of her connections to artists and sitters came through her parents, who were famous at court not only for their artistic talents but also for their small stature.

The long lace jabot and full -bottomed wig worn by the sitter suggests a date of this portrait to be circa 1690. In this year the battle of Boyne was fought between James II and Dutch Prince William of Orange. It is likely that the sitter would have commissioned this portrait to be taken to give to a loved one before departing for battle.
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Height 1.40 cm (0.55 inches)
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painted on vellum (minor crease at the top of the miniature)
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