Francis Cotes (British, 1726-1770)
pastel on laid paper lined with canvas
Image - h:60.70 w:45.70 cm (h:23 7/8 w:17 15/16 inches)
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.