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About the dealer
About the object
A delightful portrait of a young boy, watercolour on ivory
Samuel Cotes (1734-1818)
A charming portrait of a young boy in gilt metal frame with paste surround
Cotes was taught painting by his brother Francis a portrait painter in oil and pastel. He exhibited at the R.A. and Society of Artists. His first exhibition piece shown at the R.A. matched the ambitions of the new Academy - a large full-length miniature on ivory of the actress Mrs Yates in the classical role of Electra (in the V&A).
This was inspired by the large oil paintings of ladies emulating classical roles by the Academy's first president, Sir Joshua Reynolds. Cotes exhibited at the R.A. until 1789.
Signed with initials and dated 1764