Search the Collections

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.

List Thumbnail

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

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

6286

Warren Hastings

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

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

5389

King George IV

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

2941

Emma, Lady Hamilton

by Richard Cosway
pencil and watercolour, circa 1801
NPG 2941

D4242

Mrs Sidney

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

D21480

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

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

D36383

Lady Amelia Hume

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

D968

Frances Abington (née Barton)

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

D18705

Vincenzo Lunardi

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

D20271

Vincenzo Lunardi

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

D13727

Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield)

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

D15292

Anne Merry (née Brunton)

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

D36424

James Hutton

by and published by John Raphael Smith, and published by John Stockdale, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, published 22 February 1786
NPG D36424

D3106

James Hutton

by John Raphael Smith, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, published 22 February 1786
NPG D3106

D3107

James Hutton

by John Raphael Smith, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, published 22 February 1786
NPG D3107