~ Framed Portrait Miniature of Lord Nelson After Richard Cosway ~
A lovely copy miniature portrait of Lord Nelson after the English Regency painter Richard Cosway.
The portrait is not an original Cosway but a later copy in Cosways style, though is still of a lovely quality.
It is painted in oil paint on porcelain and depicts Nelson, from the shoulders up in full Naval uniform.
It is signed Cosway, but this is obviously not a genuine signature.
The portrait is presented in a small brass frame backed on cardboard which is in turn mounted in a larger rococo style antique gilt wood frame.
~ Dimensions ~
The miniature measures 5cm (2 inches) by 6cm (2 ⅓ inches).
The frame measures 23cm (9 inches) by 23cm (9 inches).
It weighs 715g.
~ Condition ~
The portrait is in a very nice condition with no damage.
The brass frame is a little bent but in good order.
The gilt frame has some damage but is essentially in good order.
~ Richard Cosway ~
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 1785—the 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 (1763–1837).