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A charming portrait of a young boy


Artist: Richard Cosway

with short brown curling hair, wearing a blue tunic with fine Van Dyck collar made of lace
set in the original gilt-metal frame

This is executed by one of the leading miniaturist's of the 18th century.Cosway painted the future King George IV in 1780 and was appointed Painter to the Prince of Wales in 1785-the only time this title was ever awarded. His subjects included the Prince's first wife, Maria Anne Fitzherbert, and various English and French aristocrats, including Madame du Barry, mistress of King Louis XV of France.

Cosway's pupils included Andrew Plimer.

The use of the ochre background and lack of colouring in the face is typical of Cosway's early oeuvre
More Information
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 10, 52 (#217) erroneously described as by Richard Crosse.
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
Condition                 Minor paint loss to the border at the base of the portrait
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