Miniature of James II, when Duke of York by Samuel Cooper

Samuel Cooper was widely recognised as the greatest miniature painter of the seventeenth century.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour on vellum
Dimensions:
8 x 6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,300 ( Total: £2,300)
Acquired in:
1955

Though the Victoria and Albert Museum had a representative selection, it hitherto lacked an outstanding example showing his power as a painter of men. This miniature was painted when Cooper was at the height of his power and is among his greatest works.

Provenance

Richard Graham; James Sotheby; by descent to Lieutenant Nigel Sotheby; Sotheby's, 11/10/55

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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