Samuel Cooper was widely recognised as the greatest miniature painter of the seventeenth century.
Miniature of James II, when Duke of York by Samuel Cooper, 1661
© V&A Picture Library
- Watercolour on vellum
- 8 x 6 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,300 ( Total: £2,300)
- Acquired in:
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.
Richard Graham; James Sotheby; by descent to Lieutenant Nigel Sotheby; Sotheby's, 11/10/55