Francis Cotes (1726-1770)

Artist Name Francis Cotes (1726-1770)
Title Portrait of a Gentleman in a Green Coat
Description This lovely 18th century Old Master portrait oil painting is by noted British artist Francis Cotes. It was painted circa 1760 when Cotes was preferring oil as a medium and comparisons have been made to both Ramsay and Reynolds. The composition is a gentleman in green coat with gold fringe sat astride a horse and holding the reins and crop. There is a warmth and charm about the painting which was so typical of Cotes work and this is an excellent example. The carved wooden frame is quite stunning.
Provenance Dorset estate.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 25 x 30 inches
Frame Housed in a beautiful carved wooden frame, 38 inches by 33 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Francis Cotes RA (1726-1770) was an English painter, one of the pioneers of English pastel painting, and a founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768. He was born in London, the eldest son of Robert Cotes, an apothecary (Francis's younger brother Samuel Cotes (1734–1818) also became an artist, specialising in miniatures). Cotes trained with portrait painter George Knapton (1698–1778) before setting up his own business in his father's business premises in London's Cork Street—learning, incidentally, much about chemistry to inform his making of pastels. An admirer of the pastel drawings of Rosalba Carriera, Cotes concentrated on works in pastel and crayon (some of which became well known as engravings). After pushing crayon to its limit as a medium—although he was never to abandon it entirely—Cotes turned to oil painting as a means of developing his style in larger-scale works. In his most successful paintings, particularly those of the early 1760s, the oil paint is thinly applied, in imitation of his pastel technique, and imbued with charm, inviting comparisons with Allan Ramsay (1713–1784) and Sir Joshua Reynolds. They have clarity and warmth and possess a remarkable attention to costume. In 1763, he bought a large house (later occupied by George Romney) in Cavendish Square. He also painted The Young Cricketer. After 1746 the costumes in his pictures were mostly executed by the specialist drapery painter Peter Toms. One of the most fashionable portrait painters of his day, Cotes helped found the Society of Artists of Great Britain and became its director in 1765. At the peak of his powers, Cotes was invited to become one of the first members of the Royal Academy, but died just two years later, aged 44, in Richmond.
Price £6500
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