(1724 - 1772)
Cosmo Alexander was active/lived in Pennsylvania, New York / Scotland. Cosmo Alexander is known for portrait and historical genre painter.
Biography Cosmo Alexander
A Scottish portraitist, Cosmo Alexander was in the American colonies
between 1766 and 1772. He is primarily remembered as the teacher
of Gilbert Stuart, who became his assistant in Newport, Rhode Island in
1769 and who accompanied him to Edinburgh in 1771. Shortly after,
Cosmo died and left Stuart in the care of his brother-in-law and
artists Sir George Chalmers.
Cosmo Alexander was the son of John Alexander, a noted Scottish
portrait painter, and Cosmo had a distinguished reputation as a painter
before coming to America.
Although Alexander referred to
himself as a history painter, only his portraits survive, and about 25
have been linked to his name. His style would be closest to
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