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Cosway [née Hadfield], Maria

Nancy Joyce Cooper and Jan Walters

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(Louisa Caterina Cecilia)

( b Florence, 1759/60; d Lodi, Jan 5, 1838). English musician and painter , mainly active in Italy. Her parents managed several inns in Florence for the English on the Grand Tour. She was elected to the Florentine Accademia del Disegno at the age of 18. In 1779 she moved to London where in 1781 she married the painter Richard Cosway (1742–1821). In the 1780s she hosted fashionable ‘Great Concerts’ at her London home, where the performers included the Linleys, Rubinelli, Tenducci, Marchesi, Francesco Bartolozzi, Johann Baptist Dantzi and Julie Krumpholtz. Cosway sang and played the harp and harpsichord; Peter Pindar wrote that ‘in music her compositions are tender, elegant, and persuasive’. In 1790 Cosway returned to Italy where she founded the Collegio delle Dame Inglesi in Lodi. In 1834 she was made a baroness by Franz I, Emperor of Austria.

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Subjects: Music of the Classical Period

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