Francis Cotes, R.A. (1726-1770)
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Francis Cotes, R.A. (1726-1770)

Portrait of Mrs. William Colquhoun of Wrotham, Norfolk, full-length in a lilac dress with a cloak, leaning against an urn in a landscape

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Francis Cotes, R.A. (1726-1770)
Portrait of Mrs. William Colquhoun of Wrotham, Norfolk, full-length in a lilac dress with a cloak, leaning against an urn in a landscape
signed, inscribed and dated 'Mrs. Colquhoun, mother of Mrs Edward Coke Francis Cotes R.A. pxt 1768.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
93 x 56½ in. (236.3 x 143.5 cm.)
Provenance
By descent in the family of the sitter to the Hon. Edward Keppel Coke, Longford Hall, Derbyshire;
His sale; Christie's, London, 27 April 1917, lot 129 (1,900 gns. to A. Wertheimer).
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, by 1924.
Literature
C. Winter, 'Francis Cotes, R.A., Part II', The Connoisseur, October 1931, vol. LXXXVIII, p. 250.
E.M. Johnson, Francis Cotes. Complete Edition with a Critical Essay and a Catalogue, London, 1976, pp. 93-94, cat. no. 256, pl. 84.
Exhibited
Providence, Rhode Island School of Design, Exhibition of 18th Century Portraits, November 1932, no. 7.
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Lot Essay

Francis Cotes, the elder brother of the miniaturist Samuel Cotes (1734-1818), was born in London in 1726 and apprenticed to George Knapton (1698-1778) in the early 1740s. In his portraits after 1764, the draperies are often by Peter Toms, who also worked for Reynolds. From 1765, when he took a large house at 32 Cavendish Square, he was the most fashionable portrait painter after Reynolds and Gainsborough. He was a member of the Society of Artists and later a founding member of the Royal Academy.
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