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Richard and Maria Cosway

A Biography

By (author) Gerald Barnett
Format: Hardback
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Imprint: Lutterworth Press
Published: 23rd Nov 1995
Dimensions: w 148mm h 229mm d 23mm
Weight: 660g
ISBN-10: 0718829441
ISBN-13: 9780718829445
Barcode No: 9780718829445
Richard Cosway was once a more famous artist than Gainsborough. His portraits of the fashionable were the rage in Regency London. From 1785 he became First Painter to the Prince of Wales - the only artist ever to have been accorded such a title. He and his wife Maria entertained everybody who was anybody. Herself a talented artist in her own right, she was also a composer, musician and authority on girls' education. Thomas Jefferson fell in love with her; Napoleon doted on her. And yet, save for Richard Coswayis pre-eminence as a miniaturist, he and Maria have long been neglected by the public, their reputation tarnished by rumour and misrepresentation. Here, Gerald Barnett seeks to present them in a truer and clearer light, emphasising their achievements as artists and individuals and rehabilitating them as major figures in the artistic history of eighteenth-century England. Richard Cosway was the subject of major exhibitions at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh) and the National Portrait Gallery (London) from August 1995. Richard and Maria Cosway feature prominently as characters in the Merchant-Ivory film Jefferson in Paris.

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