Baroness Maria Cosway, The Comic and Tragic Muse; both wearing flowing robes, sandals and gold bangles

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Baroness Maria Cosway, The Comic and Tragic Muse; both wearing flowing robes, sandals and gold bangles

Sold for £ 3,346 (US$ 4,601) inc. premium
Baroness Maria Cosway (British, 1760-1838)
The Comic and Tragic Muse; both wearing flowing robes, sandals and gold bangles
watercolour on paper, stuck down on separate mount with hand wash line borders
, unframed
Rectangular, 229mm. (9ins.) high
Provenance: Maria Cosway
The Collection of Commander Gerald Barnett
Literature: Barnett, G.; Richard and Maria Cosway, a Biography, 1995, p.216, no.171

Footnotes

  • This rare surviving drawing by Maria Cosway was based on a mural found at Herculaneum (Ercolano). In 1798, the drawing was engraved by A. Cardon, described as "Whole length of two females dancing; the head of the one to the left is much bent over the right shoulder". Rudolph Ackermann published many of Maria's prints through his Repository of Arts. He described her work thus: "Mrs Cosway's designs, it must be admitted, are sometimes eccentric, but it is the eccentricity of genius, and we have seen instances where she has snatched a grace beyond the reach of art".
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