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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 Alfred Joseph Stothard, after  Giuseppe Ceracchi - NPG D2925

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Thomas Williams Hunt, printed by  Richard Holdgate, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 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

'A literary party at Sir Joshua Reynolds's', by D. George Thompson, published by  Owen Bailey, after  James William Edmund Doyle - NPG 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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by George H. Every, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D4024

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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'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

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'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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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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

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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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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