The Right Honorable Lady Mary Radcliffe (1732-98), Wife of Francis Eyre, Esq.

Francis Cotes1755

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

A founding member of the Royal Academy and one of the leading fashionable portrait painters of his generation, Francis Cotes was a pioneer of pastel painting in England. Here, in her marriage portrait, the young Lady Mary Radcliffe is regal in a Turkish-inspired, peacock blue mantle decorated with gold and trimmed with ermine. Pearls and feathers adorn her hair and a décolleté scarlet bodice reveals an expanse of porcelain skin.

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  • Title: The Right Honorable Lady Mary Radcliffe (1732-98), Wife of Francis Eyre, Esq.
  • Creator: Francis Cotes (British, 1726-1770)
  • Date Created: 1755
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 60.7 x 45.7 cm (23 7/8 x 18 in.)
  • Provenance: Colonel Herbert Hall Mulliner [1861-1924], Birmingham, (sale, Christie's, London, July 18, 1924, no. 2), (P. & D. Colnaghi, London), (sale, Mensing & Fils, Amsterdam, April 27, 1937, no. 148), (A. Seligmann & Rey, Paris, sold to Edward B. Greene, Cleveland, OH), Edward B. Greene, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1946.463
  • Medium: pastel on laid paper lined with canvas
  • Inscriptions: Inscribed, at lower left, in black chalk: Cotes pxt. / 1755
  • Fun Fact: Francis Cotes described his pastel works as "decorative in a very high degree in apartments that are not too large; for having their surface dry, they partake in appearance of the effect of Fresco, and by candle light are luminous and beautiful beyond all other pictures."
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: England, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Edward B. Greene
  • Collection: DR - British
  • Accession Number: 1946.463

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