Richard Cosway R.A., Maria Cosway (1760-1838), her daughter Louisa (1790–1796) and dog; Maria stands full-length on steps, wearing 17th century style costume, her dress looped up over an underskirt, her boned bodice over a chemise, a broad-brimmed hat trimmed with ostrich feathers over her curled hair, she holds the hand of her daughter, a greyhound at her feet

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Lot 73
Richard Cosway R.A., Maria Cosway (1760-1838), her daughter Louisa (1790–1796) and dog; Maria stands full-length on steps, wearing 17th century style costume, her dress looped up over an underskirt, her boned bodice over a chemise, a broad-brimmed hat trimmed with ostrich feathers over her curled hair, she holds the hand of her daughter, a greyhound at her feet

Sold for £ 4,541 (US$ 6,298) inc. premium
Richard Cosway R.A. (British, 1742-1821)
Maria Cosway (1760-1838), her daughter Louisa (1790–1796) and dog; Maria stands full-length on steps, wearing 17th century style costume, her dress looped up over an underskirt, her boned bodice over a chemise, a broad-brimmed hat trimmed with ostrich feathers over her curled hair, she holds the hand of her daughter, a greyhound at her feet
pencil heightened with black and red chalk, watercolour tints to the face, on paper
, unmounted and unframed
Rectangular, 267mm. (10 1/2ins.) high
Provenance: Maria Cosway
The Collection of Commander Gerald Barnett
Literature: Barnett, G.; Richard and Maria Cosway, a Biography, 1995, ill. pl.36

Footnotes

  • On 4 May 1790 Maria Cosway gave birth to her only child, Louisa Paolina Angelica. Maria stated that she, "had [a] bad time & a worse confinement, so that my life was in danger!". Probably suffering from severe post-natal depression, Maria was advised to travel to Italy for her health, and she travelled there a few weeks after the birth. Leaving behind both Richard and the new-born Louisa, she was not to return to London for another four years.
    The interesting composition of the current lot was probably drawn by Richard during this time, with Louisa as a toddler lightly sketched in. In producing this drawing, he was perhaps imagining Maria with her daughter, whereas in reality they were far apart.
    On her return to London, Maria only spent a year and a half with her daughter, until Louisa's tragic death from a throat infection in July 1796.
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