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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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Giuseppe Baretti

by James Hardy, published by William Richardson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 6 March 1794 (1773)
NPG D13953

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Giuseppe Baretti

by James Hardy, published by William Richardson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 6 March 1794 (1773)
NPG D19453

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Sir Brooke Boothby, 6th Bt

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 23 March 1797 (1784)
NPG D14111

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Horace Walpole

by Burnet Reading, published by John Sewell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1797 (1756)
NPG D14937

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Richard Burke

by and published by James Ward, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 5 July 1800 (1782)
NPG D19184

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Elizabeth Craven (née Berkeley), Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach

by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 31 March 1801 (circa 1774-1775)
NPG D14347

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Elizabeth Craven (née Berkeley), Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach

by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 31 March 1801 (circa 1774-1775)
NPG D16173

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John Hawkesworth

by Warren, published by Longman & Rees, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 September 1802 (1769-1772)
NPG D13964

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Sir Edward Hughes

by William Ridley, published by Joyce Gold, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 28 February 1803 (1786-1787)
NPG D14487

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James Beattie

by Thomas Gaugain, published by T. Philips, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 16 May 1805
NPG D20339

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Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover

by Edward Scriven, published by John Bell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1807
NPG D15059

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David Garrick

by Samuel Freeman, published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1807
NPG D15308

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Elizabeth Montagu (née Robinson)

by Thomas Cheesman, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 26 May 1809 (1775)
NPG D19989

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Sir John Eardley Wilmot

by William Evans, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1811 (1784)
NPG D14726

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Robert D'Arcy, 4th Earl of Holderness

by Robert Cooper, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 28 January 1811 (1754-1755)
NPG D15038

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John Hunter

by John Shury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, circa 1812 (1786)
NPG D20215

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George Colman the Elder

by Edward Scriven, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 8 March 1813 (1768-1770)
NPG D20080

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Samuel Johnson

by William Holl Sr, published by Longman & Co, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1814
NPG D19318

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Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley)

by Charles Middlemist, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, published 1816
NPG D5970

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Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley)

by Charles Middlemist, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, published 1816
NPG D5971

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