Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait Miniature of a Vicar 

Richard Crosse (1742-1810)

Portrait Miniature of a Vicar, Richard Crosse
Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 3.6cm, (1 7/16 in) high
English Private Collection.
Richard Crosse was born with no hearing and initially took up miniature painting as an interested amateur. His talent soon became apparent and he won a premium at the Society of Arts in 1758, going on to study at Shipley’s Drawing School. His clientele included the royal family, as well as aristocratic sitters. He also painted many portraits of his own family, including his brother who cared for him.
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