Sir John Cotton and His Family

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A three-quarter length group portrait against a landscape setting. Sir John Cotton, wearing black with sleeves cut underneath to reveal a voluminous white shirt, is seated to the left. He has shoulder-length brown hair. He sits with his left hand resting on the arm of a chair, his right gesturing off to the left. A short cloak is draped over his right shoulder. Lady Cotton, in a gold dress, sits to the right. Her hair is dressed in ringlets. She sits facing towards her husband, with her head and shoulders turned towards the viewer, a ribbon and flowers in her hands. Her gown has puffed sleeves pinned over a white chemise, with a low neckline. She wears a string of pearls around her neck. Between them stands their son John, in a brown cloak, which he holds against his chest with his right hand.


Sir John Cotton and His Family




oil on canvas


H 157.4 x W 225.3 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd, 1966

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Inscription description

Signed blc : P.Lely.P. / 1660 / Sr Jno Cotton Kt & Bart / Jane only Daur & Heirss of / Ed.Hynde Esqr & their / Son & Daughter.


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