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Cosway, Maria Cecilia Louisa Catherine

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00043147
Cosway, Maria Cecilia Louisa Catherine

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British, 18th – 19th century, female.

Born 1759, in Florence, Italy, in 1745 according to Larousse Dictionary, to English parents; died 1838, in Lodi.

Painter, pastellist, miniaturist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Portraits, genre scenes.

Maria Hadfield grew up in Florence and, from her earliest youth, showed a marked inclination for drawing. She studied under Violante Cerroti and Johan Zoffany and in 1778 she was admitted to the Accademia del Disegno in Florence, where she is likely to have been one of the youngest students. In about 1779 she went to London, where she made the acquaintance of the famous miniaturist Richard Cosway, whom she married two years later. During the lifetime of her daughter, who died at the age of six, Maria Cosway lived in London. After the death of her husband in 1821 she returned to Italy, where she founded a charitable religious institution and a girls' school in an old monastery in Lodi, the town where she was to spend the rest of her life. Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies, made her a baroness....

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Subjects: Painting ; Book Arts and Illustration ; Prints and Printmaking ; 19th-Century Art ; 18th-Century Art

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