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lower right, FC in monogram and "ft" obscured and difficult to read: F.Cotes ft


Probably painted for the sitter's husband, Thomas Horne; by descent to Henry, baron Horne of Stirkoke [1861-1929], Stirkoke House, Caithness [Scotland]. (Vicars Bros., London); sold 26 March 1919 to (Thos. Agnew & Sons), London; sold 16 September 1919 to (John Levy Galleries, New York);[1] sold by 1925 to Benjamin F. Jones, Jr. [1868-1928], Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania;[2] by inheritance to his wife; (sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 4-5 December 1941, 1st day, no. 34); William R. Coe [1869-1955], Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York; Coe Foundation, New York; gift 1961 to NGA.

Exhibition History

Paintings by Old Masters from Pittsburgh Collections, Carniege Institute, Pittsburgh, 1925, no. 8, as Miss Crewe.
Extended loan for use by Ambassador David K. E. Bruce, U.S. Embassy residence, London, England, 1961-1969.
Extended loan for use by the U.S. Embassy, London, England, 1978-

Technical Summary

The medium-weight canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is off-white, fairly thickly applied. The painting is executed in smooth, opaque layers, blended wet into wet, except for the background and feigned oval, which are more thinly and translucently applied; the drapery is executed in a relatively rapid and painterly manner with pronounced brushwork and moderate impasto. The impasto has been severely flattened during lining, and there are scattered small retouchings; otherwise the painting is in excellent condition. The varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree.


Heil, Walter. "Portraits by Francis Cotes." Art in America 20 (1931): 2, 6, fig. 5.
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 32, as Miss Elizabeth Crewe.
National Gallery of Art. European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. Washington, 1968: 26, repro., as Miss Elizabeth Crewe.
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 82, repro., as Miss Elizabeth Crewe.
Johnson, Edward Mead. Francis Cotes. Oxford, 1976: 101, no. 293.
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 101, repro., as Miss Elizabeth Crewe
Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 44, repro. 43.

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