Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection



English Artist: Richard Crosse



Portrait miniature by Richard Crosse, depicting Dorothy Stretton (1722-1784)

Georgian Era Lady, Identified as
Dorothy Stretton (1722-1784)

dated 1784
by Richard Crosse (ca. 1742-1810)

1 1/16 x 1 5/16 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame


About the Artist: Richard Crosse was born in Devonshire, circa 1742. Born deaf mute, he took up miniature painting as a hobby. In 1758, at the age of 16, he was awarded a premium (a cash award) for drawing by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, which motivated him to relocate to London with the aim of honing his skills further. Studied at Shipley's Drawing School (William Shipley, 1715-1803) and the Duke of Richmond's Gallery. In addition to painting miniature portraits in watercolor on ivory, he also painted miniatures in enamel and full sized portraits in oil on canvas. Exhibited at the Society of Artists (1760-1796), the Free Society of Artists (1761-1766), and the Royal Academy of Arts (1770-1796). In 1789, he was appointed Painter in Enamel to King George III. Died in Devonshire at the age of 68. Known to have works in collection of the British Museum (London), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), the Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri) and numerous private collections worldwide. Listed by Benezit, Blättel (pages 246, 247), Foskett (page 520) and Schidlof (pages 174, 175).


Other portraits in the Tormey-Holder Collection by Richard Crosse

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Portrait miniature by Richard Crosse, depicting Mary Nutt (1785-1810), daughter of Capt. George Anson Nutt and step daughter of Mary Tymewell Blake Nutt

Mary Nutt (1785-1810), Daughter of Capt. George Anson Nutt
and Step Daughter of Mary Tymewell Blake Nutt





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