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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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Kitty Fisher, by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D1953

Kitty Fisher

by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint
NPG D1953

Kitty Fisher, by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D1954

Kitty Fisher

by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint
NPG D1954

'Parody on the School of Athens', by James Scott, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D16142

'Parody on the School of Athens'

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1751)
NPG D16142

Princess Augusta Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttell, by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D9118

Princess Augusta Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttell

by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D9118

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel, by Samuel Freeman, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D36845

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by Samuel Freeman, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line and stipple engraving, (1752-1753)
NPG D36845

John Mudge, by William Dickinson, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39079

John Mudge

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1752)
NPG D39079

John Mudge, by William Dickinson, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D39080

John Mudge

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1752)
NPG D39080

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel, after Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D3404

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1752-1753)
NPG D3404

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel, after Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D3405

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1752-1753)
NPG D3405

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel, after Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D3414

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1752-1753)
NPG D3414

Miss Meux, by Robert Bowyer Parkes, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38390

Miss Meux

by Robert Bowyer Parkes, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1753-1754)
NPG D38390

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor), by James Scott, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D34831

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor)

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1754)
NPG D34831

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor), by James Macardell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D34832

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor)

by James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1754 (1754)
NPG D34832

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor), by James Macardell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D34833

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor)

by James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1754 (1754)
NPG D34833

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor), by James Macardell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D1571

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor)

by James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1754 (1754)
NPG D1571

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor), by Samuel Okey, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D1572

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor)

by Samuel Okey, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1754)
NPG D1572

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor), by Samuel Okey, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D1573

Lady Anne Dawson (née Fermor)

by Samuel Okey, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1754)
NPG D1573

James Fitzgerald, 1st Duke of Leinster when Earl of Kildare, by James Macardell, published by  Michael Ford, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D5057

James Fitzgerald, 1st Duke of Leinster when Earl of Kildare

by James Macardell, published by Michael Ford, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1754 (circa 1753)
NPG D5057

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