Captain George K. H. Coussmaker (1759–1801)

Sir Joshua Reynolds British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 628

With legs elegantly crossed as he leans against a tree, the young army captain in this portrait embodies aristocratic self-possession and nonchalance. Reynolds’s ambitions for the portrait come across in the number of sittings he required to complete it: twenty-one appointments with Coussmaker between February and April of 1782, and as many as eight sessions with his horse. Portraits such as these commanded exceptionally high prices from American collectors in the late nineteenth century, as they sought to appropriate the perceived elegance and refinement of the British upper classes.

#5109. Captain George K. H. Coussmaker (1759–1801)

Captain George K. H. Coussmaker (1759–1801), Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London), Oil on canvas

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