English, 1726 - 1770

Anne Wordsworth

Date: 1751

This arresting depiction of Anne Wordsworth was painted in 1751, the same year that Francis Cotes began to achieve success as a pastel artist. Cotes made his reputation immortalizing the beauties of high society, including Maria and Elizabeth Gunning, two sisters who were the toast of the 1751 London social season.

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Medium: Pastel on Paper

Inscriptions: Signed and dated lower right: "FCotes pxt/1751"

Dimensions: H: 25 x W: 19 in.

Accession: 0001

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Pastel , English

Purchased December 11, 1978 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of an English collector; anonymous sale, Christies, London, England, May 13, 1948 (Lot 93); Frost and Reed, London, England; and an American collector since 1949. Recorded in Edward Meade Johnson, "Francis Cotes", Phaidon Press Limited, Oxford, 1976, Page 54; J. L. Nevinson, 'Van Dyke Dress', The Connoisseur, Volume 157, Number 633, November, 1964, pp. 166-171; Stella Mary Pearce, 'The Study of Costume in Painting', Studies in Conservation, Volume 4, November, 1959, pp. 134-137; and John Steegman, 'A Drapery Painter of the Eighteenth century', The Connoisseur, Volume 97, Number 418, June, 1936, pp. 309-315. Edward Meade Johnson, 'Francis Cotes, Complete Edition with a Critical Essay and a Catalogue', Phaidon Press Limited, 1976, Page 54, No. 30.