Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady
7849P

PORTRAIT OF A LADY IN A PINK DRESS
TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS
MRS RICHARD COSWAY (MARIA HADFIELD)

FRANCIS ALLEYNE

1750 - 1815
Oval oil on canvas 17 ¼ x 14 ½ inches
Oval framed size 21 ¼ x 18 ¼ inches

Francis Alleyne was an itinerant portrait painter who visited country houses mainly in the south east of England.
He was a French émigré who came here at a time when the French painting style was very popular in Britain.
Alleyne exhibited his work from 1774 to 1790, 1 at the Society of Artists of Great Britain, 1 at the Free Society of Artists and 1 at the Royal Academy, London.
He specialized in small oval three quarter lengths; these can be highly sensitive with considerable charm and are always highly finished. Some of his paintings are inscribed on the reverse.
Whilst it is known that Alleyne only exhibited a few paintings in London, his work was better known in social circles, where he would have found most of his clients.

This painting has traditionally been known as a portrait of Maria Cosway and it does bear a strong resemblance, particularly in the dark eyebrows and eyes.
It is very likely that these two artists would have met, as Maria Cosway was also a painter.

Works Represented: Mellon Collection & Marylebone Cricket Club.

Bibl: Portrait Painters in Britain - Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten
Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters – Elis Waterhouse

Dimensions
Height 17.25 inch (43.81 cm)
Width 14.50 inch (36.83 cm)
External Height 21.25 inch (53.97 cm)
External Width 18.25 inch (46.35 cm)
Stock Code
7849P
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