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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 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. Until the beginning of the Regency in 1811, Cosway enjoyed continuous patronage from the Prince, painting over fifty portraits for him and other members of the royal family. As these miniatures were often exhibited and engraved, Cosway had considerable influence over the official image of the Prince. He married the Anglo-Italian artist Maria Hadfield in 1781 and they much influenced London's fashionable elite and the art world.

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King George IV, by Richard Cosway - NPG 5890

King George IV

by Richard Cosway
watercolour on ivory, circa 1780-1782
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5890

Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway), by Richard Cosway - NPG 5236

Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)

by Richard Cosway
watercolour on ivory, 1785
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5236

Warren Hastings, by Richard Cosway - NPG 6286

Warren Hastings

by Richard Cosway
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1787
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6286

Richard Cosway, by Richard Cosway - NPG 304

Richard Cosway

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

Richard Cosway, after Richard Cosway - NPG 1678

Richard Cosway

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

King George IV, by Richard Cosway - NPG 5389

King George IV

by Richard Cosway
watercolour on ivory, 1792
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5389

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton, by Richard Cosway - NPG 2941

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Richard Cosway
pencil and watercolour, circa 1801
NPG 2941

Sir John Henry Moore, 2nd Bt, by Pierre Condé, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D38941

Sir John Henry Moore, 2nd Bt

by Pierre Condé, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D38941

Mrs Sidney, by John Raphael Smith, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D4242

Mrs Sidney

by John Raphael Smith, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, published 11 October 1771
NPG D4242

Ann Elliot as Minerva, by Joseph Saunders, published by  Henry Bryer, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D36159

Ann Elliot as Minerva

by Joseph Saunders, published by Henry Bryer, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, published 24 February 1774
NPG D36159

Lady Anne Barnard (née Lindsay), by Walker & Cockerell, published by  Smith, Rider and Co, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D14275

Lady Anne Barnard (née Lindsay)

by Walker & Cockerell, published by Smith, Rider and Co, after Richard Cosway
photogravure, (circa 1775-1800)
NPG D14275

Richard ('Hellgate') Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore, by J. Jehner, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D21480

Richard ('Hellgate') Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore

by J. Jehner, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, published 1778
NPG D21480

Lady Amelia Hume, by and published by Valentine Green, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D36383

Lady Amelia Hume

by and published by Valentine Green, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, published 1 January 1783
NPG D36383

Frances Abington (née Barton), by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D968

Frances Abington (née Barton)

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 1783
NPG D968

Vincenzo Lunardi, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  John Bell, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D18705

Vincenzo Lunardi

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Bell, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 5 October 1784
NPG D18705

Vincenzo Lunardi, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  Edward Hedges, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D20271

Vincenzo Lunardi

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by Edward Hedges, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1784
NPG D20271

Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield), by Julien Fatou, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D13727

Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield)

by Julien Fatou, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, after 1785
NPG D13727

Anne Merry (née Brunton), by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  John Bell, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D15292

Anne Merry (née Brunton)

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Bell, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 22 October 1785
NPG D15292

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