Francis Cotes
Portrait of Martha Seymer as Modesty

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Portrait of Martha Seymer as Modesty
Oil painting on canvas 30 x 25 inches (76 x 64cm)
Contained in its original carved and gilded Georgian swept frame

Provenance: By family decent until the present.

Literature: Edward Mead Johnson Francis Cotes (Phaidon, 1976) cf. p.69 no.121

Francis Cotes was the son of a pharmacist, and the eldest brother of the miniaturist Samuel Cotes. He was apprenticed to the portrait painter George Knapton in the 1740's, and was at first confined to pastels, in which medium he is certainly the greatest English exponent of the 18th century. His first oil paintings dates from as late as 1753, and he did not seriously take up the medium until four years later. From 1765 he took a large house and studio at 32 Cavendish Square, and established himself as the first serious fashionable rival to Reynolds and Gainsborough. He was prominent in the Society of Artists and was a Foundation Member of the Royal Academy.

Details

    Dimensions
    30 in. H x 25 in. W
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU44631265103
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2016

Typical response time: 1 hour

Located in London, GB

Associations:
  • LAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques Dealers
  • International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations
  • The British Antique Dealers' Association

More from this Seller

Francis Cotes Portrait of Dr John Gregory in a red coat, 1763
Portrait of Dr John Gregory in a red coat
Francis Cotes
Francis Cotes RA (1726-1770) Portrait Dr John Gregory in a red coat Signed and dated 1763 Oil on canvas 91.4 x 71.1 cm 36 x 28 in PROVENANCE Lionel Clark, London; (his sale Sotheby’s, ...
Nathaniel Hone the Elder Portrait of a young boy dressed in a brown coat with a blue waistcoat
Portrait of a young boy dressed in a brown coat wi...
Nathaniel Hone the Elder
Canvas, Oil Paint
This is a particularly engaging example of child portraiture, the genre in which Hone excelled.
Born in Dublin in 1718, little is known of his training, though his early pastels suggest...
Bartholomew Dandridge Portrait of a young girl
Portrait of a young girl
Bartholomew Dandridge
Canvas, Oil Paint
Bartholomew Dandridge (1691-1755) Three-quarter length portrait of a girl, perhaps the hon. Anne, eldest daughter of Sir Jacob de Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone. Oil painting on ca...
Joseph van Aken A sporting Conversation Piece
A sporting Conversation Piece
Joseph van Aken
Canvas, Oil Paint
Joseph van Aken (1699-1749) A sporting Conversation Piece: two gentlemen with their guns and dogs rest at the edge of a wood; a third approaches them whilst a fourth, gun in hand, walk...
Mather Brown A portrait of Nathaniel Chauncey (1717-1790), sitting at a table, circa 1786
A portrait of Nathaniel Chauncey (1717-1790), sitt...
Mather Brown
Canvas, Oil Paint
Half-length portrait of Nathaniel Chauncey, 1717-1790, sitting at a small table on which rest a leather-bound book, two sheets of drawings and a “black basalt-ware” figure of the Muse o...
Frans van der Myn A portrait of the Hageman family in an interior, 1746
A portrait of the Hageman family in an interior
Frans van der Myn
Oil Paint
Frans van der Myn (1719-1782) An evening conversation piece in an opulent interior of Dr Cornelis and Mrs Henriette Hageman and their son John Jacob, she playing a gilt wood single-manu...
Unknown Portrait of a little boy with his pet dog, 1630
Portrait of a little boy with his pet dog
Unknown
Oil Paint
Full length portrait of a little boy with his pet dog, standing by a table with a velvet red tablecloth. He is dressed in a richly embroidered surcoat and doublet, and holds a toy lance...
Thomas Bardwell A portrait of two sisters sitting on a wooded bank with a view of a country hous
A portrait of two sisters sitting on a wooded bank...
Thomas Bardwell
Oil Paint
Oil on canvas 30 x 25 in
Marcello Leopardi Joseph's coat of many colours is shown to his father Jacob (Genesis, ch. 37), 1792
Joseph's coat of many colours is shown to his fath...
Marcello Leopardi
Oil Paint
Joseph's coat of many colours is shown to his father Jacob (Genesis, ch. 37) Oil painting on canvas size 58 x 72 inches / 148 x 198 cm. and contained in a carved and gilded neoclassica...
Unknown Full-length portrait of Jan Van Swieten standing in a landscape, 1646
Full-length portrait of Jan Van Swieten standing i...
Unknown
Oil Paint
The Monogrammist S.S. (Dutch, Active 1646) Full-length portrait of Jan Van Swieten standing in a landscape by a celestial globe on a stone plinth, holding broad-brimmed hat and pointing...
John Partridge Portrait of Joseph Hodgson PRCS (1788-1869)
Portrait of Joseph Hodgson PRCS (1788-1869)
John Partridge
Oil Paint
John Partridge (1789-1872) Portrait of Joseph Hodgson PRCS (1788-1869) sitting at his desk Inscribed on the reverse on various labels with the identity of the sitter, its descent within...
FRYE, Thomas (1710-1762). A portrait of a gentleman
A portrait of a gentleman
FRYE, Thomas (1710-1762).
Oil Paint
Thomas Frye Portrait of a gentleman Oil painting on canvas in original giltwood frame. 127 x 101.6 cm 50 x 40 in