[Richard Cosway.] The Miniature Macaroni. V.4. 15.
Etching wit large margins. Sheet 229 x 305mm. 9 x 12". Small tears on right.
Full length portrait of a man standing in profile to the right. In his left hand he holds up a handkerchief, in his right is a cane with a large tassel. The figure is about half the size of others of this series; this, and the length of his sword, suggests that he is very small. He is dressed macaroni-fashion, though his looped club is small. Evidently Richard Cosway (1742-1821), the miniature painter, who was very small; in 1785 he became 'Principal Painter to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales'. From 'Macaronies, Characters, Caricatures &c', an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates.
BM Satires: 5031.
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