Mrs Vint

Hugh Ross 1823


A confident portrait that succeeds in conveying the character of its subject, a matriarchal figure named Mrs Vint. Seated, she is wearing a teal blue satin empire-line dress tied on the high waistline with a ribbon bow and worn with a white ruff fill-in. Her hair has been painstakingly curled all over and is topped with a mob cap.

The portrait is signed on the reverse – “Painted by / Hugh Ross / London / Mrs Vint” and dated 1832. It is housed in a gilt-metal frame with a decorative surround. Fine condition.

One of three siblings who were all miniaturists, Hugh Ross (1800-1873) exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1814 and 1845. The National Portrait Gallery have in their collection a miniature portrait painted by him of his older brother, Sir William Charles Ross.

Item Ref. 5760

Size: framed, 100 x 84 mm + hanger

Provenance: Sotheby's, November 2006