Richard Cosway, RA (1742-1821)
Portrait of Margaret Cocks
Watercolour on ivory
The urn inscribed 'M.R./1786 'and the pedestal 'R.C.'. The backing paper inscribed by the artist in Latin 'Richard Cosway R.A. Principal Painter to his Serene Highness the Prince of Wales /Painted 1787 '
Museum no. P.51-1984
Margaret Cocks (1773 -1847) was the daughter of Joseph Cocks. Her father died before she was two and her much-loved older sister, Mrs Mary Russell, when Margaret was 13. She is shown here mourning at an urn containing her sister's remains.