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Valentine Green (1739-1813)

A self-portrait of Maria Cosway published 1 Sep 1787

Mezzotint | 46.7 x 34.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 653011

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Cosway depicts herself with her arms crossed, an unusual and assertive pose. Her elegant dress is offset by the large cross on a black ribbon around her neck, a prominent reference to her strong Catholic faith. Cosway makes no reference to her practice as a painter: she simply presents herself as a confident and accomplished young woman.