Samuel Cooper, portrait of an unknown woman

Samuel Cooper, portrait of an unknown woman

Samuel Cooper
Portrait of an unknown woman
About 1662–5
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a table-book leaf
Museum no. 448-1892

A table-book leaf was a piece of thick vellum coated both sides with gesso, a mixture of chalk and animal glue. It replaced playing cards as a support from the early 17th century. In this unfinished miniature the vellum is supported by a table-book leaf.