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Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Portrait in Society

Sir Joshua Reynolds cover


Richard Wendorf is a well-respected academic and Senior Lecturer on the Fine Arts at Harvard University. A specialist in eighteenth-century studies, his other books include The Elements of Life: Biography and Portraiture in Stuart and Georgian England .

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Sir Joshua Reynolds
The Painter in Society
Richard Wendorf

'It's been a long time since I've read a work of scholarship of this quality.'
Martin C. Battestin, University of Virginia

'With this book, Reynolds's scholarship is at last coming of age.'
Bryan Allen, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

This illuminating study, the first full-length biography of Reynolds in more than thirty-five years, sets the artist against the context of the society in which he worked, scrutinising his personality and career while assessing issues of eighteenth-century portraiture in general. The picture that emerges of Reynolds both as an artist and as a man of his times is an exceptional contribution to art-historical scholarship.

224 x 152mm, 328 pages
40 illustrations, 8 in colour
ISBN 1 85514 180 9
£17.50 (hardback)

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