Peter Cross (circa 1645-1724), a portait miniature of a gentleman called "James Duke of York", circa 1685, signed at left side, his flowing curly brown wig worn over a cobalt blue cloak, lace jabot around his neck, 7.5 cm. high.
Peter Cross was the son of a Freeman of the Drapers' Company and was probably born in London though little is known of his early life. After winning some important commissions, he succeeded Nicholas Dixon in 1678 as limner-in-ordinary to the king, Charles II. Four of his portraits are held by the National Portrait Gallery. His later elaborate signature appears to read "LC" and caused confusion in the past leading people to erroneously believe there was a Lawrence Cross.
The painting is beginnning to lift ever so slightly at top and bottom left from its stiff backing and would benefit from a clean, there is very slight curvature of the card, a saltire-shaped scratch on the hair on left just above shoulder and minor wear to the dark ground at edges on both sides. "James Duke of York" is written on the back in ink in what is probably a Victorian hand