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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN
WEARING A BROWN COAT
ATTRIBUTED TO FRANCIS COTES
1726 – 1770 Framed size 30 ¾ x 25 inches
Oil on canvas 24 ½ x 19 inches
Francis Cotes was born in 1726, the son of an apothecary. He trained as a portraitist in pastels and oils and by the 1760’s he had achieved great success as an artist. He was a founder member of the Society of Artists and became its director in 1765. Three years later he became a founder member of the Royal Academy. His inventive compositions, dramatic use of saturated colour, bold handling of line and informal naturalism contributed to his fame. Tragically, his premature death at the age of forty-four cut short his career.
Cotes painted some of the most fascinating people of his time including the legendary, beautiful Gunning sisters, Queen Charlotte, The Dukes of Gloucester and Cumberland, members of the peerage and the gentry, politicians, scientists, doctors and artists.
His works are highly sought after today and he is widely represented in museums and galleries in England and the United States.
Bibl: Francis Cotes – Edward Mead Johnson 1976.
Works in public collections include: J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Cleveland Museum, Ohio; Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, London.
WAS £2,750 NOW £1,800
|Height||24.50 inch||(62.23 cm)|
|Width||19.00 inch||(48.26 cm)|
|External Height||30.75 inch||(78.10 cm)|
|External Width||25.00 inch||(63.50 cm)|
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