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An attractive portrait of a Lady


Artist: Richard Crosse

She wears a gold figured lilac cloak over a low cut white dress, a pink veil entwined in her fine powdered hair piled high upon her head
Set in the gold Tiffany frame (stamped on the reverse) with seed pearl border, the reverse later engraved P.R.P.R./ July 24th 1885/ Feb 8th 1895. (It is not certain what the initials and date refer to).

Cross's 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. It is bizarre that very few of his enamels have survived today and that many more of his watercolours have.

Crosse's kept a fee book, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, which lists the miniatures he produced between 1775 and 1798, naming one hundred painted between 1777 and 1780 alone. His output reduced between 1790 and 1810. However in spite of his modest fees (around 8 guineas for small miniatures and 10 guineas for larger ones) Crosse enjoyed a comfortable existence, living off the proceeds of his artistic success.
More Information
Year                 Circa 1775
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 10, 51 (#214).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Condition                 Slightly dusty
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