• Cupid unmasking False Love -

    Signed on original washline mount: Rich.d Cosway R.A. Primarius Pictor Sereness.ma Wallia Princip.. Del.t 1779

    Pen and brown ink on laid paper

    Sheet 23.3 x 19.4 cm., 9 x 7 ? in.



    Maria Cosway (1760-1838), Lodi, Italy

    By descent until bought by an Italian dealer, his sale, Christie?s, 1st June 1896, sold for ?10.10s

    Private Collection, France



    George C. Williamson, Richard Cosway R.A., 1897, ill. opp. p.30 and p.87

  • Henry the Shepherd -

    black and red chalk

    22.7 by 13.2cm., 9 by 5 inches


    This was originally part of a pair of drawings by Cosway which were engraved and published as ?Henry and Emma? in 1785 (see Frederick B. Daniell, A catalogue raisonn? of the engraved works of Richard Cosway, 1890, p.45, no.184). Daniell mentions that they were sometimes described as depicting the artist and his wife Maria and indeed Cosway did draw a number of self-portraits with his wife in the 1780s.


    We are grateful to Stephen Lloyd for his help in cataloguing this drawing



    The Estate of Phyllis Butterfield, San Francisco



    By John Raphael Smith, 1785 and again published by Ackermann, 1802

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