Richard Cosway

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Unicorn Press, 2005 - Art - 103 pages
Richard Cosway was one of the most significant and versatile artistic personalities active in Regency Britain. A prodigious portraitist in oils and a sophisticated draftsman of narrative compositions, he became, undoubtedly the most important, influential and fashionable portrait miniaturist active during the last two decades of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth. His delicate style and flattering portrayals have come to epitomise Regency society.
Cosway's flamboyant personality, eccentric mysticism, and brilliant marriage to Maria Hadfield during the 1780s brought him celebrity and notoriety. He was closely associated with George IV when Prince of Wales, as the principal recorder of his image from 1780 to 1808. Cosway also exerted a great influence on his patron's artistic taste and collecting during that period.

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Stephen Lloyd is Senior Curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

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