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Il Milanese: 1780

Richard Cosway

Il Milanese: 1780
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 26cm

Full image caption

Il Milanese. A bewigged well-dresed man is seen seated at an occasional table on which is a rat trap. One rat, labelled 'for supper', lies dead on the table. Another, still living, is told by the man ". . .you broil very well". Possibly a caricature of Magnini, a picture dealer with whom Richard Cosway (1742-1821) probably quarrelled. The name 'Signior Mannini' is written on the old paper on which the print is mounted. On that paper, under the print, is the ms. note: "This print was designed by Cosway and etched by Stubbs'. The ms. note scrawled on the print "Nobody know wat Sort of Man I be". Cosway left his native Devon at the age of 12 to study in London and became the leading portrait miniaturist of his day and enjoyed the patronage of the Prince of Wales from 1785.

Image Details

1780 AD - 1780 AD
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