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An attractive portrait of a young Lady


Artist: Richard Cosway

her left hand raised under her chin holding a green veil with is entwined in her upswept hair, she wears a blue robe over a gold trimmed white dress, two strands of pearls in her hair
set in the original frame with seed pearl mount within plaited hair border and brooch clasp reverse

Cosway is considered by many to be one of the leading miniature painters at the end of the 18th century. He 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.

This is a particularly attractive early example of Cosway's work prior to his use of 'Antwerp' blue background for which he became known.
More Information
Year                 Circa 1775
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp. 10, 53 (#226).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
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