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Title: Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Hamilton and of Argyle ca. 1770 - watercolour on ivory miniature

Creator: Cosway, Richard

Location repository: State Library of New South Wales

Repository work id number: MIN 60

Title type: repository

Attribution qualifier: attributed to


Culture: English

Descriptive note: Dated through costume. Encased in wooden rectangular frame painted black with circular shaped glass mounted in brass in centre. At the top centre of the frame is a metal clasp shaped like an acorn with leaves with two metal loops to hang frame. Cosway was initially trained in London under Hudson, then moved to a school run by William Shipley (1714-1803) Ref. Miniatures: Dictionary and guide. A rectangular non-contemporaneous bakelite label with text , "Miss Gunning / afterwards Duchess of Hamilton. / Attributed to R. Cosway, R.A.", accompanies the frame. The identity of the portrait and artist is based on the non-contemporaneous inscription on reverse of frame. This information has not been confirmed. Bequeathed dy D.S. Mitchell in 1907


Earliest date: c. 1770

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Inscriptions: Handwritten on paper label on reverse of wooden frame, "miniature of the celebrated / Miss Gunning afterwards / Duchess of Hamilton / R. Cosway R.A. 1785 c.f. 'Descriptive Note'

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Language: English

Latest date: c. 1770

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Measurements: Inside frame: 7.7 x 6.6 cm Frame: 13.1 x 11.4 cm

Object work type: drawing


Record source: PICMAN Catalogue (online)

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