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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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41

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1747-1749
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 41

518

George Anson, 1st Baron Anson

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (1755)
NPG 518

35

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (1755-1757)
NPG 35

44

Edward Boscawen

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (circa 1755)
On display at Hatchlands Park, Surrey
NPG 44

27

Sir William Chambers

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1756
NPG 27

1597

Samuel Johnson

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1756-1757
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1597

3123

James Macardell

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1756-1760
NPG 3123

1398

George Bridges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (1756-1759)
NPG 1398

6520

Horace Walpole

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1756-1757
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6520

625

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1758-1760
On display on Floor 2: Portraits Tell Stories at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 625

229

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (circa 1758-1760)
NPG 229

1186

John Manners, Marquess of Granby

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
chalk, (circa 1759)
NPG 1186

5019

Laurence Sterne

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1760
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5019

1041

Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire

attributed to Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1761
On display on Floor 1: Lady Chesterfield's Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 1041

1835

Augustus John Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol

by William Silas Spanton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1900 (1762-1763)
NPG 1835

2075

Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (circa 1762)
NPG 2075

850

Thomas Secker

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (1764-1765)
NPG 850