to Ian Hamer who sent me an email about miniature portraits of the Ross
"I recently purchased a pastel portrait of a lady wearing the fashions of
circa 1795. I bought the pastel purely for its decorative appeal, as a
gift for my mother. On the reverse is inscribed the following:
“Mrs Hercules Ross of Rossie, from a miniature”
"My pastel is possibly a copy of the miniature by George Engleheart,
either executed at the time the miniature was painted, or copied at a
later date circa 1900. However, it doesn’t look to be in the usual
style of Engleheart; so it could be copied from a miniature painted by
George Engleheart (1750-1829) is very well known, and is regarded as one
of the very best artists of portrait miniatures. He painted thousands of
miniatures during his lifetime, and there is a biography of him to be
found on the Victoria and Albert Museum website."
Hercules Ross's Children
"I also went to the websites of the major auction houses, and there found
portrait miniatures of two of Hercules Ross’s children.
One was of Harriet Ross, daughter of Hercules Ross. It is attributed to
artist James Holmes. I found it on the Bonhams website - their portrait
miniatures sale on 28 June 2005, Lot 191.
The other was of Horatio Ross, son of Hercules Ross. It was painted by
artist James Holmes circa 1830. Again, I found it on the Bonhams
website - their portrait miniatures sale on 23 November 2005, Lot 171."
Ian Hamer, Chichester, West Sussex, England: July 11,