© National Portrait Gallery, London
after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, (1772)
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/2 in. (743 mm x 622 mm)
Given by Henry Willett, 1895
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
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Art and science
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Swiss pastor Johann Kaspar Lavater's Essays on Physiognomy
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