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Peter Cross

(circa 1645-1724)

Artist of 4 portraits
Peter Cross was the son of a freeman of the Drapers' Company and was probably born in London. It is not known how Cross learned miniature painting, but early in his career he won a number of important commissions, and in 1678 succeeded Nicholas Dixon as limner-in-ordinary (miniature painter) to the king. For many years, it was thought that there were two separate artists, Lawrence Cross and Peter Cross. This was the result of a misinterpretation of Peter Cross's later elaborate curling monogram that seems to read 'LC', and also because of confused references by George Vertue, an early 18th century collector of facts about British art.

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William Wycherley, by Peter Cross - NPG 6280

William Wycherley

by Peter Cross
watercolour on vellum, circa 1675
On display in the Room 6 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6280

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, by Peter Cross - NPG 1696

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester

by Peter Cross
watercolour on vellum, circa 1685-1690
On display in the Room 7 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1696

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, by Peter Cross - NPG 4692

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

by Peter Cross
watercolour on vellum and card, circa 1690-1700
On display in the Room 6 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4692

Henry Brett, by Peter Cross - NPG 6305

Henry Brett

by Peter Cross
watercolour on vellum laid down on gessoed card, 1703
On display in the Room 7 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6305


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