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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

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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The Academicians of the Royal Academy, by John Sanders, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG 1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, 1773, based on a work of 1772
NPG 1437

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy', by John Sanders, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG 1437a

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by D.P. Pariset, sold by  Ryland and Bryer, sold by and after  Pierre-Étienne Falconet - NPG 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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by James Watson, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39696

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

The Academicians of the Royal Academy, by Richard Earlom, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D21304

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by L. Campo-Antico, published by  F. Savoli, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39698

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by and published by Charles Townley, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39699

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by and published by Valentine Green, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39705

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by and published by Valentine Green, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1 December 1780 (1780)
NPG D39705

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D34871

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, 1784 (1775)
NPG D34871

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D14270

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, 1784 (1774?)
NPG D14270

'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 - NPG 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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39701

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Euphrasie Picquenot, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39702

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by William Giller, published by  Moon, Boys & Graves, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39703

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Caroline Kirkley, published by  Anthony Molteno, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39704

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  Peter Brown, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 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

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