Richard Cosway, R.A.
"Portrait Miniature of a Dandy in a Fur Stole"
signed right edge, in a gold rolled oval frame.
Glazed and mounted in a picture box frame.
sight 3-1/4" x 2-1/4", framed 7-1/4" x 6-3/8"
Provenance: Estate of Dr. Carroll Ball, Jackson, Mississippi.
Notes: Richard Cosway, a leading English portrait miniature painter of the Regency period, was appointed painter to King George IV, then Prince of Wales. Between 1780 and 1811, he painted more than fifty portraits of George IV and the royal family. Cosway and his Italian/American wife Maria Hadfield, another accomplished portrait painter, cultivated a large aristocratic and famous clientele that included the Duke of Wellington, Viscountess of Melbourne, Sarah Siddons, Madame du Barry, Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson. Both Cosways were noted fashionistas of the London and American scene. As the rich fur stole offset by the windswept sideburns of the sitter in this portrait illustrates, Richard Cosway's success lay in his keen ability to incorporate the prevailing vogue into soft, hazy portraits that enhanced the beauty and the elegance of the sitter.