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Richard Cosway - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Richard Cosway (1742 - 1821)

Richard Cosway was mostly known for painting miniatures. However, he also painting some larger oil portraits. He was a close friend of the Prince of Wales. Cosway married fellow artist Maria Hadfield in 1781. He painted the future King George IV in 1780 and was appointed Painter to the Prince of Wales[2] in 1785—the only time this title was ever awarded. His subjects included the Prince's first wife, Maria Anne Fitzherbert, and various English and French aristocrats, including Madame du Barry, mistress of King Louis XV of France. Cosway's pupils included Andrew Plimer (1763-1837). From 1995 to 1996, the National Portrait Gallery in London held an exhibition entitled Richard and Maria Cosway: Regency Artists of Taste and Fashion, with 250 works on display.

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