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The Right Honorable Lady Mary Radcliffe (1732-1798), Wife of Francis Eyre, Esq., 1755

pastel on laid paper lined with canvas, Image: 60.7 x 45.7 cm (23 7/8 x 17 15/16 in). Gift of Edward B. Greene 1946.463

A founding member of the Royal Academy and one of the leading fashionable portrait painters of his generation, 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.

Lemonedes, Heather. British Drawings: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art" shown 10 Feb to 26 May 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. London: D Giles Limited, 2013. Cat 2, pg 24-5.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (02/10/2013 - 05/26/2013); "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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