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Francis Cotes (1726-1770), Portrait painter

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 89 portraits
Francis Cotes trained under portrait painter George Knapton and soon afterwards established himself as a highly fashionable painter. He initially concentrated on portraits in pastel and crayon, although he later extended his working practice to include oil painting. He frequently had engravings made after his portraits, which enabled them to reach a far greater public and gain him widespread recognition. By the 1770s he was one of the most fashionable and sought after portrait painters in London. Cotes was among the founding members of the Royal Academy and he went on to become director of the Society of Artists, at whose shows he had exhibited since 1760.

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4890

Elizabeth (Gunning), Duchess of Argyll

by Francis Cotes
pastel on blue paper laid down on canvas, 1751
NPG 4890

2036

William Romaine

by Francis Cotes
oil on canvas, 1758
NPG 2036

D34175

Maria (Gunning), Countess of Coventry

by Richard Houston, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1750s-1760s
NPG D34175

D1780

Frances Douglas (née Lascelles)

by Richard Purcell (Charles or Philip Corbutt), after Francis Cotes
mezzotint
NPG D1780

D7111

Elizabeth (Gunning), Duchess of Argyll

by Richard Houston, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1751)
NPG D7111

D34177

Maria (Gunning), Countess of Coventry

after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1752 or after
NPG D34177

D2506

Maria (Gunning), Countess of Coventry

by Charles Spooner, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1750s-1760s
NPG D2506

D2507

Maria (Gunning), Countess of Coventry

after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1752 or after
NPG D2507

D2508

Maria (Gunning), Countess of Coventry

by James Macardell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1750s-1760s
NPG D2508

D2534

Catherine Travis (née Gunning)

by Richard Houston, published by John Bowles, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1755
NPG D2534

D4141

Elizabeth Sandby (née Venables)

by James Macardell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1755)
NPG D4141

D4142

Elizabeth Sandby (née Venables)

by Richard Purcell (Charles or Philip Corbutt), published by Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1756-1766
NPG D4142

D3047

Sir John Hill

by Richard Houston, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1757)
NPG D3047

D3048

Sir John Hill

by Richard Houston, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1757)
NPG D3048

D3049

Sir John Hill

by Richard Houston, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1757)
NPG D3049

D4102

William Romaine

by Richard Houston, printed for Carington Bowles, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1758-1775 (1758)
NPG D4102

D4103

William Romaine

by Richard Houston, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1758-1775 (1758)
NPG D4103