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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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William Romaine, by Richard Houston, printed for  Carington Bowles, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4102

William Romaine

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

William Romaine, by Richard Houston, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4103

William Romaine

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

William Romaine, by Richard Houston, printed for  Carington Bowles, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4104

William Romaine

by Richard Houston, printed for Carington Bowles, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1758-1775 (1758)
NPG D4104

William Romaine, by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), published by  Robert Sayer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D19244

William Romaine

by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), published by Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1758)
NPG D19244

Elisha Mathew (née Smith), by Charles Spooner, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D9156

Elisha Mathew (née Smith)

by Charles Spooner, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760s
NPG D9156

Elisha Mathew (née Smith), by Charles Spooner, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D9157

Elisha Mathew (née Smith)

by Charles Spooner, printed for Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760s
NPG D9157

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe), by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D9158

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe)

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760-1790
NPG D9158

Elisha Mathew (née Smith), by Charles Spooner, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D41791

Elisha Mathew (née Smith)

by Charles Spooner, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760s
NPG D41791

Anne Sandby (née Stogden), by Richard Brookshaw, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4138

Anne Sandby (née Stogden)

by Richard Brookshaw, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1760)
NPG D4138

Anne Sandby (née Stogden), after Francis Cotes - NPG D4139

Anne Sandby (née Stogden)

after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, (1760)
NPG D4139

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe), by James Watson, sold by  Ryland and Bryer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4270

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe)

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760-1790
NPG D4270

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe), by James Watson, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4271

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe)

by James Watson, printed for Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760-1790
NPG D4271

Anne Sandby (née Stogden), by Edward Fisher, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D9091

Anne Sandby (née Stogden)

by Edward Fisher, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D9091

Paul Sandby, by Edward Fisher, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D40050

Paul Sandby

by Edward Fisher, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D40050

Paul Sandby, by Edward Fisher, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D40051

Paul Sandby

by Edward Fisher, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D40051

Anne Sandby (née Stogden), by Edward Fisher, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D40052

Anne Sandby (née Stogden)

by Edward Fisher, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D40052

Paul Sandby, by Edward Fisher, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4137

Paul Sandby

by Edward Fisher, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D4137

William O'Brien, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D5375

William O'Brien

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published circa 1765 (1763)
NPG D5375

William O'Brien, by and published by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D14122

William O'Brien

by and published by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published circa 1765 (1763)
NPG D14122

Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark, by James Watson, sold by  Ryland and Bryer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D33049

Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, circa 1766-1775
NPG D33049

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