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Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy

Sitter associated with 38 portraits
Artist associated with 1413 portraits
Reynolds was the first President of the Royal Academy and Britain's leading portrait painter. In his attempt to raise the status of portraiture, he created the 'Grand Manner' which borrowed from classical antiquity and the Old Masters to fill his portraits with moral and heroic symbolism. An incredible socialite, social climber and self-promoter, Reynolds used his contacts to advance himself. Appointed President of the newly established Royal Academy in 1768, his annual lectures - or Discourses on Art - had a lasting impact on the contemporary theory of art and practice.

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1747-1749
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
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1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, (1772)
NPG 1437

1437a

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
pencil, circa 1773
NPG 1437a

987

Sir William Chambers; Joseph Wilton; Sir Joshua Reynolds

by John Francis Rigaud
oil on canvas, 1782
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 987

D20563

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by D.P. Pariset, sold by Ryland and Bryer, sold by and after Pierre-Étienne Falconet
stipple engraving, (1768)
NPG D20563

D21304

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by Richard Earlom, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D21304

D39705

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by and published by Valentine Green, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1 December 1780 (1780)
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D34871

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, 1784 (1775)
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D14270

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, 1784 (1774?)
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D4022

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by Peter Brown, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1 January 1796 (circa 1747-1749)
NPG D4022

D13085

'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 November 1797
NPG D13085

D4021

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by George Clint, published by Lewis Wells, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1 November 1799 (1788)
NPG D4021

D17345

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Henry Bone, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, April 1804 (circa 1780)
NPG D17345

D13933

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Moses Haughton the Younger, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 8 May 1809 (1780)
NPG D13933

D5804

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Robert Cooper, published by Henry Colburn, after John Jackson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 24 June 1813 (circa 1747-1749)
NPG D5804

D4023

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1823 (1753-1755)
NPG D4023

D4020

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1834 (1780)
NPG D4020

D2925

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Alfred Joseph Stothard, after Giuseppe Ceracchi
bronze medal, 1845
NPG D2925

D5805

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Thomas Williams Hunt, printed by Richard Holdgate, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, 1847 or before (1775)
NPG D5805

D14518

'A literary party at Sir Joshua Reynolds's'

by D. George Thompson, published by Owen Bailey, after James William Edmund Doyle
stipple and line engraving, published 1 October 1851
NPG D14518

D4024

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by George H. Every, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1864-1866 (1780)
NPG D4024

D19359

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1747-1749)
NPG D19359

D39696

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by James Watson, published by Robert Sayer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 10 July 1770 (circa 1766?)
NPG D39696

D39698

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by L. Campo-Antico, published by F. Savoli, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, (1775)
NPG D39698

D39699

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by and published by Charles Townley, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 30 June 1777 (1775)
NPG D39699

D39706

'Adoration of the Shepherds' (Thomas Jervais; Sir Joshua Reynolds)

by Georg Siegmund Facius, by Johann Gottlieb Facius, published by John Boydell, after Josiah Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, published 1 September 1785 (1783-1785)
NPG D39706

D14926

'Adoration of the Shepherds' (Thomas Jervais; Sir Joshua Reynolds)

by Georg Siegmund Facius, by Johann Gottlieb Facius, published by John Boydell, after Josiah Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, published 1 September 1785 (1783-1785)
NPG D14926

D39701

Sir Joshua Reynolds

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, (1788)
NPG D39701

D39702

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Euphrasie Picquenot, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mixed-method engraving, (1788)
NPG D39702

D39703

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by William Giller, published by Moon, Boys & Graves, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1788)
NPG D39703

D39704

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Caroline Kirkley, published by Anthony Molteno, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 13 March 1795
NPG D39704

D20057

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Georg Siegmund Facius, and by Johann Gottlieb Facius, published by John Boydell, and published by Josiah Boydell, after Gilbert Stuart
stipple engraving, published 4 June 1802
NPG D20057

D17426

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Henry Bone, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 23 April 1804 (circa 1780)
NPG D17426

D39700

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Moses Haughton the Younger, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 8 May 1809 (1780)
NPG D39700

D15202

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by J. Pass, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line and stipple engraving, published 1826
NPG D15202

D39697

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by George Thomas Doo, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, mid 1830s (1780)
NPG D39697