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In memoriam: Joshua Reynolds

In memoriam: Joshua Reynolds

In memoriam: Joshua Reynolds


16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792

Originally shared by The National Gallery

Sir Joshua Reynolds died #OnThisDay in 1792. Reynolds was the leading English portraitist of the 18th century. Through study of ancient and Italian Renaissance art, and of the work of Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck, he brought great variety to British portraiture. As with many of Reynolds’s group portraits the design is based on a composition taken from an historical source. In this case ‘Lady Cockburn and her Three Eldest Sons’ is based on a 17th-century work, ‘Charity’ by Van Dyck: http://bit.ly/2l7PdX4

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