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Sir William Cosby (1685-1736)
Date: ca. 1725-1730
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Medium: Enamel on ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 1 7/8 x 1 7/16 in. ( 4.8 x 3.7 cm )
(not assigned): Germany
Credit Line: Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
Object Number: 1959.2
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Inscribed: Modern inscription on back of gold frame: " Sir William Cosby / F. Zincke / fecit."

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Cosby was a younger son of Alexander and Elizabeth (L'Estrange) Cosby, an influential Irish family. He served as an officer in the British army and as governor of the island of Minorca of the Leeward Islands before his appointment as governor of the colonies of New York and the Jerseys in 1731, an office he held until his death.