A Space of Their Own

Susan Penelope Rosse

1652 – 1700

Active in: England
Alternate names: Susannah Penelope Rosse; Susan Penelope Gibson


Susan Penelope Rosse was a British painter born in 1652. Her father was the miniature painter Richard Gibson, and she developed her own practice as a portrait miniaturist. She married a jeweler, Michael Rosse, and the couple lived together in London until her death in 1700. She painted friends from elite circles in London as well as members of the court of Charles II of England.

Selected Works


A Checklist of Painters ca. 1200–1976 Represented in the Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London. London: Mansell, 1978.

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Bio-bibliographischer Index A–Z. Munich: Saur, 1999–2000.

Draper, Helen. “Mary Beale and Art’s Lost Laborers: Women Painter Stainers.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 10 (2015): 141–51.

“Gibson, Susan Penelope Rosse, or Rosse.” Oxford Art Online. https://doi-org.proxyiub.uits.iu.edu/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00073556.

Goulding, R. W. “The Welbeck Abbey Miniatures Belonging to His Grace the Duke of Portland, K.G., G.V.C.O. A Catalogue Raisonné.” Walpole Society (1916): 48–49.

MacLeod, Catharine, et al. Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II. London: National Portrait Gallery, 2001.

Sanderson, William. Graphice, the Use of the Pen and Pensil, or, The most excellent art of painting: in two parts. London, 1658.

“Susanna Penelope Rosse.” RKD. https://rkd.nl/explore/artists/68335.

Waterhouse, Ellis. The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1988.