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Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter

Sitter in 15 portraits
Artist associated with 96 portraits
Richard Cosway was the leading portrait miniaturist of the Regency era. His success was lay in an ability to enhance the beauty and elegance of all of his sitters. He painted his first portrait of George IV in 1780 and was appointed Painter to the Prince of Wales in 1785. Cosway enjoyed continuous patronage from the Prince. As these miniatures were often exhibited and engraved, Cosway had considerable influence over the official image of the Prince. Cosway exhibited his first miniatures in London in 1762 and was quickly in demand in fashionable circles. He married the Anglo-Italian artist Maria Hadfield in 1781 and together they much influenced London's fashionable elite and the art world.

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1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, (1772)
NPG 1437

1437a

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
pencil, circa 1773
NPG 1437a

304

Richard Cosway

by Richard Cosway
pencil and wash, circa 1790
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 304

1678

Richard Cosway

after Richard Cosway
oil on mahogany panel, (circa 1790)
NPG 1678

D21304

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by Richard Earlom, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D21304

D13726

Richard Cosway

by Marino or Mariano Bovi (Bova), after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 20 March 1786
NPG D13726

D12058

Richard Cosway

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (6 April 1793)
NPG D12058

D19752

Richard Cosway

by Charles Picart, after Richard Westmacott
stipple engraving, circa 1800-1825
NPG D19752

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716

D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021

D12165

Richard Cosway

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 1 June 1811 (6 April 1793)
NPG D12165

D34152

Mural monument to Richard Cosway

by Charles Picart, after Richard Westmacott
stipple engraving, 1821 or after
NPG D34152

D19870

Richard Cosway

by and published by Marino or Mariano Bovi (Bova), published by Emanuel Matthew Diemar, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 20 March 1786
NPG D19870

D14454

Richard Cosway

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 1 June 1811 (6 April 1793)
NPG D14454