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Only Connect - Richard Cosway <> Maria Cosway

How are these sitters connected?

Richard Cosway
after Richard Cosway
based on a work of circa 1790
NPG 1678

Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield)
by Julien Fatou, after Richard Cosway
after 1785
NPG D13727

The connection
The miniaturist Richard Cosway, husband of artist/composer Maria was described as the most detested ‘Macaroni’ – the nickname of the time given to apparently shallow young men.

Find out more about Cosway connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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