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Cosmo Alexander
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN AT HIS WRITING DESK
Estimate
5,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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31
Cosmo Alexander
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN AT HIS WRITING DESK
Estimate
5,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Cosmo Alexander
1724-1772
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN AT HIS WRITING DESK
inscribed on two letters on the desk: 1748/ ... Alexander1749/ ... Alexander/ May 14th London/ ... June 15To Ms/ at the Hous... 
oil on canvas
132.8 by 97.7 cm., 52¼ by 38½in.
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Catalogue Note

Although traditionally called a self-portrait, the physiognomy of the present sitter does not correspond with the self-portrait currently in the Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, where the artist is depicted with his palette (inv. no. ABDAG000025).

Following the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, Cosmo Alexander fled to Italy, where he studied the Old Masters and painted members of the Scottish community. Together with his father, Cosmo was pre-eminently the painter of the leading Catholic and Jacobite Scottish families of his time. He returned to Britain in the 1750s and later toured America, where his only known pupil, Gilbert Stuart, joined him.

The Fine Art Society: 142 Years on New Bond Street

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London