Francis Cotes Anna Maria Astley, Aged Seven, and her Brother Edward, Aged Five and a Half 1767

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Artist
Francis Cotes 1726–1770
Title
Anna Maria Astley, Aged Seven, and her Brother Edward, Aged Five and a Half
Date 1767
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2000 x 1603 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03251
Not on display

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The children in this portrait were the offspring of wealthy baronet and landowner Sir Edward Astley and his second wife Anne Milles. They are depicted at play on a classical terrace, reminiscent of the family’s grand estate at Melton Constable, Norfolk. Anna Maria, who waves her brother’s plumed hat above her head, died in childhood, the year after this portrait was painted. Edward, whose elder half-brother was to inherit his father’s title, lived to carve out a successful career as a soldier in the British army. It is thought that the portrait was commissioned by the children’s maternal grandfather.

February 2010

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