Thomas Flatman (1635-88)
Portrait of an unknown woman
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a table-book leaf
Signed lower right 'TF' in monogram, and dated 1661
Museum no. P.14-1941
Given by Mrs Emma Joseph
In the 16th century miniaturists tended to paint with pure colours, rather than mixing together different pigments. This gave a bright, jewel-like effect. From the 1630s miniaturists increasingly mixed pigments together and also added white. This created a more natural colour range, as in this miniature.