Mary Ann Yates
Oil on canvas
"21" (black paint on page of booklet c. l.)
Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (44); Charles Mathews
Mathews 142 (by Cotes)
RW/CKA 21 (by Cotes)
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (142)
1951 London, Tate Gallery, "Pictures from the Garrick Club" (4)
"Mrs Yates as Mandane in 'The Orphan of China'", exhibited 1765 [oil on canvas 192.4x129.5] Tate Gallery, London T03373
Fitzgerald p. 223; Griffiths p. 319; Edward Mead Johnson “Francis Cotes” (1976) p. 79 No. 184
Mary Ann Yates, with her brown hair brushed back and folded into a band round her head decorated with a rope of pearls, wears a dark choker also decorated with large pearls, a yellow dress with a blue sash round the waist, and a brown drapery edged in ermine over her shoulder. In her right hand she holds a soft-bound book, the bottom of the open page inscribed "21."
Previously attributed to Francis Cotes, Johnson had dated this picture to about 1765, because of its similarity to Cotes's portrait of the Hon Mrs Campbell (Johnson No. 172), which is signed and dated 1765.
There are strong similarities between the Garrick Club portrait and the full length portrait painted by Tilly Kettle in 1765 of Mrs Yates as Mandane in "The Orphan of China".