Their Drawing Room Antiques of Newport Rhode Island
# 5732. A Fine and Rare Portrait Miniature of Mrs. Fitzherbert by Artist Richard Cosway. Size: 3" x 4.75"; in a fitted green leather case (case in poor condition). Coat of arms on the reverse of the Gold Case. Gold case bordered with blue and white enamel. Condition of portrait: a split transverses vertically up the portrait through the bodice of the sitter.
Richard Cosway RA (5 November 1742 4 July 1821) was a leading English portrait painter of the Regency era, noted for his miniatures. He was a contemporary of John Smart, George Engleheart, William Wood, and Richard Crosse. His wife was the Italian-born painter Maria Cosway, a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. He painted the future King George IV in 1780 and was appointed Painter to the Prince of Wales in 1785the only time this title was ever awarded. His subjects included the Prince's first wife, Maria Anne Fitzherbert, and various English and French aristocrats, including Madame du Barry, mistress of King Louis XV of France. Cosway's pupils included Andrew Plimer (17631837). From 1995 to 1996, the National Portrait Gallery in London held an exhibition entitled Richard and Maria Cosway: Regency Artists of Taste and Fashion, with 250 works on display.
Maria Anne Fitzherbert (previously Weld, née Smythe; 26 July 1756 27 March 1837) was a longtime companion of the future King George IV of the United Kingdom with whom she secretly contracted a marriage that was invalid under English civil law before his accession to the throne. Though Fitzherbert had been disinherited by her first husband, her nephew (Cardinal Weld) persuaded Pope Pius VII to declare the marriage sacramentally valid. Inquiries.
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