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Georgiana as Cynthia from Spenser's 'Faerie Queene', 1781-82 - Maria Hadfield Cosway - Framed art Print

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Type: Print On Demand Image

Collections: 19c European,  Chatsworth House,  Classics & Masters,  Figurative,  Maria Hadfield Cosway,  Moon,  Portraits & Faces,  Pre 1900,  


  • Framed 19c European art print (40 x 31 cm) by Maria Hadfield Cosway.
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  • Framed Size is 40 x 31 cm.
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About this artwork

In 1781, Maria Cosway, an artist of Italian and English descent, was hired by Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, to create a portrait of her. But there was a twist - she was to be portrayed not just as herself, but as Cynthia from the classic English epic poem 'The Faerie Queen'. This poem, authored by Edmund Spenser and dedicated to none other than Queen Elizabeth I, delved into the lives of the Queen's courtiers in a fantastical fairy realm, using this as a vehicle to explore the concept of virtue. Cynthia was not just any character - she was a moon goddess and one of the heroes of the tale. This print is a spot-on replication of the original, which is part of the Devonshire Collection housed in Chatsworth House. Each purchase goes towards maintaining this historical archive.



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About the artist

Born in the heart of Florence, Italy in 1760 to British parents, Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Hadfield was schooled in a convent where her artistic prowess was spotted early. Her artistic journey led her to study both in her native Italy and England. By 19, she had won a place in Florence's prestigious Academy of Fine Arts. A turning point came in 1796 when she lost her young daughter. She sought solace in working for the Louvre for two years, after which she and Cardinal Joseph Fesch established a college for young women in Lyons. Maria managed the college from 1803 until its closure in 1809. Subsequently, she responded to an invite from Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi, to set up a convent school for girls in Italy. She died in Lodi in 1838, leaving behind a legacy of a school she founded, which still stands today. A testament to her impact, the town honored her with a commemorative bust.

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