Sir Joshua Reynolds

The Portrait in Society

It's been a long time since I've read a work of scholarship of this quality.
Martin C. Battestin, University of Virginia
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Sir Joshua Reynolds
The Painter in Society
Richard Wendorf

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)

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

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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