Francis Cotes

English (1726 - 1770)
Francis Cotes Elizabeth Campbell, Mrs Joseph Adams, d. 1816 1762

Biography

Born 1726
Died 1770
Nationality English
Birth place London
Death place London

Cotes was born in London. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to George Knapton, a respected artist who had painted the royal family. Cotes was a founder member of both the Society of Artists and the Royal Academy. He was an important pastel portraitist as well as a skilled oil painter. Cotes was influenced by the continental pastellists, Rosalba Carriera and Maurice Quentin de la Tour. However, instead of the softly blended colours usually associated this medium, Cotes preferred bold tones.