Mrs Maria Anne Fitzherbert (1756-1837) Famous Beauty

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Richard Cosway was born in Tiverton, Devon, the son of a schoolmaster. He took drawing lessons in London from the age of twelve and won his first prize from the Society of Artists in 1754. Six years later he had established a successful business and continued to exhibit his work in London from the 1760s to the turn of the 19th century. Cosway was one of the founder-members of the Royal Academy and was made Principal Painter to the Prince of Wales in 1785. In 1781, he married the Anglo-Italian artist and composer Maria Hadfield. They were one of the most fashionable couples in society, before their separation in 1801. Cosway died in 1821 and was buried at Marylebone New Church.

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    People
    Fitzherbert, Maria Anne (née Smythe)
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, stipple engraving
  • Details
    Title
    Mrs Maria Anne Fitzherbert (1756-1837) Famous Beauty
    Date
    1792
    Medium
    Stipple engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 26 October 1976
    GAC number
    12529