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Francis Cotes, 1726–1770
Charles Collyer as a Boy, with a Cricket Bat
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
35 3/4 x 27 3/4 inches (90.8 x 70.5 cm)

Signed and dated, lower left: "[monogram]FCotes px.t 1766"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bat | black | boy | child | cricket | green (color) | hat | leisure | portrait | sports | vest
Associated People:
Collyer, Charles (1755–1830), second son of Daniel Collyer of London and Wroxham, Norfolk, and his wife, Anne Leeds
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Francis Cotes was one of the most gifted practitioners in the demanding medium of pastel and one of the most significant portrait painters of the 1760s. In the latter part of the decade, he painted a number of portraits depicting fashionably dressed boys posing with cricket bats. These paintings reveal the growing popularity of the sport among the wealthy class, as only those with money could afford to purchase a proper cricket bat. Charles Collyer (1755–1830) was the second son of Daniel Collyer of London and Wroxham, Norfolk, and his wife, Anne Leeds. Charles was educated at Eton and, as a teenager, made the Grand Tour to Italy, where he met the architect John Soane, who later designed his home, Gunthorpe Hall in Norfolk. He was ordained in 1796 and became rector of the parish of Gunthorpe two years later, a post he held until his death.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Pleasures and Pastimes (Yale Center for British Art, 1990-02-21 - 1990-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-04-19 - 1977-09-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, April 1977, pp. 246, 249, fig. 19, N1 .A54 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert Colls, This sporting life : sport and liberty in England, 1760-1960, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 2020, pp. 113, 369, GV706.35 .C65 2020 (LC) YCBA [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 70-71, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk houses, by the late Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Jarrold & Sons Ltd, Norwich, 1928, p. 202 (v.1), N7598.2 .D85 + Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 107-108, no. 103, pl. 38, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Elisabeth Fairman, Pleasures and pastimes, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 1990, p. 36, no. 279, DA485 F25 1990 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p.2, ND466 G67 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Edward Mead Johnson, Francis Cotes, Phaidon, Oxford, 1976, cat. 195, fig. 70, NJ18 C799 A12 J64 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

J. H. Plumb, The pursuit of happiness : a view of life in Georgian England : an exhibition selected from the Paul Mellon collection, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, pp. 64, 133, no. 157, N6766 Y34 1977 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, An Impressive Panorama of British Portraiture, Apollo, v. 105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 246, 249, fig. 19, N1 A54 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)] [YCBA]

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