Richard Cosway, R.A. (British, 1742-1821)
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Richard Cosway, R.A. (British, 1742-1821)

Richard Cosway, R.A. (British, 1742-1821)
The Hon. Mrs Brownlow North (d. 1796) with her son Charles Augustus North (1785-1825)
Signed and dated 1791 on the backing card ‘Rdus: Cosway / R.A. / Primarius Pictor / Serenissimi Walliae / Principis / Pinxit / 1791’, and later inscribed ‘Mrs North / & Charles’
On ivory; oval, 84 mm. high, silver-gilt frame set with diamonds
John Pierpont-Morgan (1837-1904) Collection, New York; Christie’s, London, 25 June 1935, lot 269 (100 gns to Walker).
Mrs. Charles Lloyd-Jones; Sotheby’s, London, 25 November 1947, lot 54.
Henry Nyburg; Sotheby’s, London, 10 November 1969, lot 143 (£1,300 to Asprey).
G. C. Williamson, Catalogue of the Collection of Miniatures. The Property of J. Pierpont Morgan, London, 1906, vol. II, no. 259, illustrated pl. LXXXII.
G. C. Williamson, ‘Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan’s Pictures. The English Miniatures. IV’, The Connoisseur, May 1907, vol. XVIII, no. LXIX, p. 7 (praised as ‘exceedingly delightful’), illustrated p. 5, no. LXIII.
B. Long, British Miniaturists, London, 1929, p. 101.
From 2005 to 2017 on loan to the museum of the Residenz, Munich, Portrait Miniatures Gallery, case III, no. 3.
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Lot Essay

Henrietta Maria, daughter and co-heir of John Banister, married, in 1771, Brownlow North, second son of Francis, third Baron Guilford and later first Earl of Guilford. He was Bishop of Lichfield in 1771, Worcester in 1774 and of Winchester in 1781. They had three sons, the eldest Francis North, 6th Earl of Guilford and their third son (depicted in the present portrait) both became Anglican priests. The sitter was rector of Alverstoke and Prebendary of Winchester and his son, also named Brownlow North (1810-1875) was a well-known 19th Century evangelist.

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