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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 151

    Maria Cosway (Florence 1759-1838 Lodi)

    An angel and putti accompanying a child's soul to heaven

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Maria Cosway (Florence 1759-1838 Lodi)
    An angel and putti accompanying a child's soul to heaven
    oil on canvas, unlined
    23 ¾ x 19 7/8 in. (60.3 x 50.5 cm.)


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    Maria Cosway was elected to the Accademia del Disegno, Florence in 1778 and exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, between 1781 and 1801. Stylistically, Cosway's main influences were Henry Fuseli and Angelica Kauffman; after the departure of the latter for Italy in 1781, Cosway became one of the foremost female artists exhibiting publicly in London. In 1812, she founded a Collegio delle Dame Inglesi in Lodi and was made a baroness by Francis I, Emperor of Austria, in 1834.

    Stephen Lloyd dated the present work to the 1780s at the time of the 2003.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 19 March 2003, lot 98, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN EAST COAST PRIVATE COLLECTION