Portrait of Mrs. Marley
Hillwood Mansion, French Drawing Room
Cosway, Richard (attr.)
Watercolor on ivory, silver, diamonds, emeralds
H. 3 1/8 in., W. 2 11/16 in.
Richard Cosway was the leading miniaturist of his day, enjoying the favor of the court during the George III and English Regency periods. This miniature displays many of the characteristics that contributed to the fame of Cosway’s work. His subtle technique of applying thin washes of color to let the luminosity of the ivory show through, the modeling of the human form with soft, swift strokes, and the sky blue ground are all hallmarks of his work.
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
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