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An unknown Lady


Artist: Peter Cross

Wearing a low cut brown dress with white underslip, a peal necklace
painted on vellum, Signed with elaborate monogram PC on the obverse, set in the original gilt-metal frame with pierced spiral cresting

Peter Cross was the son of a freeman of the Drapers' Company and was probably born in London. It is not known how Cross learned miniature painting, but early in his career he won a number of important commissions, and in 1678 succeeded Nicholas Dixon as limner-in-ordinary (miniature painter) to the king.
More Information
Provenance                 European Lady, CMW, 21 April 1988
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 25 (# 67).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 minor specks of dust
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