RICHARD COSWAY, R.A. (1742-1821)
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RICHARD COSWAY, R.A. (1742-1821)

RICHARD COSWAY, R.A. (1742-1821)
James Lowther, 1st Earl Lonsdale (b. 1736), in scarlet military coat with blue facings, gold epaulette, frilled white cravat, powdered hair worn en queue
on ivory
oval, 1¾ in. (44 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame with beaded border
C. H. Samuelson Collection; Christie's, London, 9 February 1960, lot 143 (55 gns to de la Hey).
De la Hey Collection; Sotheby's, London, 27 May 1968, lot 134 (£380 to Rappolt).
Walter and Gertrude Rappolt Collection; Christie's, London 14 October 1998, lot 35.
Edinburgh, The Arts Council Gallery, British Portrait Miniatures, 1965, no. 212.
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James, Earl of Lonsdale (b. 1736) succeeded his cousin Viscount Lonsdale in the Baronetcy and was created on 24 May 1784 Baron Lowther of Lowther, Bardon Kendal, Baron Burgh, Viscount Londsdale, Viscount Lowther and Earl of Lonsdale. In 1761 he married Mary, daughter of John, Earl Bute. They had no issue and so in 1797 he obtained a new patent creating him Baron and Viscount Lowther with remainder to the male heirs of his cousin, Rev. Sir William Lowther, Bt.
For another miniature of a member of the Londale family, Lady Lonsdale, see lot 373.

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