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Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792), PRA

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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In this portrait of her great friend, Kauffman presents Sir Joshua Reynolds as a man of style and culture. He sits beside a table strewn with papers and periodicals (Johnson's 'The Idler', Burke's 'Sublime and Beautiful' and Goldsmith's 'The Traveller') next to an engraving of an antique sculpture, behind which is Daniele da Volterra’s bust of Michelangelo. Michaelangelo was an artist whom Reynolds revered and he features in his Self Portrait of 1780 (now in the Royal Academy).

National Trust, Saltram

Plymouth


Date

1767

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 127 x W 101.5 cm

Accession number

872180

Acquisition method

accepted in lieu of death duties on the estate of Edmund, 4th Earl of Morley; transferred from HM Treasury, 1957

Work type

Painting


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