A charming miniature portrait by Susan Penelope Rosse, executed in gouache on gesso-washed vellum or card. The sitter is a sweet looking girl with long hair, wearing a blue gown with white lace edging at the bodice. The case for the miniature deserves special mention, being a flip type made of testudines shell with gold mounts.
The painting is in quite fine condition, with no issues, as is the clever case. The sight size is 1 3/8" by 1 1/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Susan Penelope Rosse (or Rose) (c1652 - 1700) was the daughter of Richard Gibson, a miniaturist who was quite in favor at court because of his skills and dwarfism. She was trained by him, and also was helped in her artistic development by the famous artist Samuel Cooper, a neighbor whose miniatures she copied to improve her skills. Obviously successful at this, 14 miniatures were originally attributed to Cooper that had been done by her. As the family was well off, she did not need to work, so many of her paintings were of family members and friends, which included court figures.
Susan married Michael Rosse, a wealthy jeweler to the court. She died at the age of 48 in Covent Garden and was buried at the church there.
Examples of Rosse's work are in the V & A Museum, in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II, and in those of several royal personages. Her works are not easy to find, but are highly sought after.