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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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Frances Douglas (née Lascelles), by James Watson, sold by  Ryland and Bryer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D35374

Frances Douglas (née Lascelles)

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, late 1760s
NPG D35374

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson), by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D36258

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson)

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D36258

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson), by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D36259

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson)

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1 July 1768
NPG D36259

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D32099

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1769 (1768)
NPG D32099

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D32100

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1769 (1768)
NPG D32100

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D32370

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1769 (1768)
NPG D32370

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson), by Valentine Green, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4961

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson)

by Valentine Green, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D4961

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson), by Valentine Green, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4962

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson)

by Valentine Green, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D4962

William Campbell Skinner, by James Wilson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D9115

William Campbell Skinner

by James Wilson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D9115

Mary (née Heblethwayte), Lady Boynton, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D32371

Mary (née Heblethwayte), Lady Boynton

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D32371

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal, by and published by William Wynne Ryland, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D33076

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal

by and published by William Wynne Ryland, after Francis Cotes
line engraving, published 1770
NPG D33076

Charles Lyttelton, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D38052

Charles Lyttelton

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D38052

Charles Lyttelton, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D38053

Charles Lyttelton

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D38053

William Romaine, by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D39856

William Romaine

by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), printed for Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D39856

William Campbell Skinner, by and published by James Watson, published by  Henry Parker, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D41721

William Campbell Skinner

by and published by James Watson, published by Henry Parker, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, circa 1770
NPG D41721

William Romaine, printed for John Bowles, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4101

William Romaine

printed for John Bowles, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, late 18th century (1758)
NPG D4101

William Campbell Skinner, by James Wilson, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D4253

William Campbell Skinner

by James Wilson, printed for Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1 December 1770
NPG D4253

Charles Lyttelton, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D5654

Charles Lyttelton

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D5654

Charles Lyttelton, by James Watson, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D8388

Charles Lyttelton

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D8388

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges, by Elizabeth Judkins, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D856

Frances (née Fowler), Lady Bridges

by Elizabeth Judkins, printed for Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1 July 1770
NPG D856

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