|Artist||S.W.Reynolds. Sculpt after Sir Joshua Reynolds. Pinxt|
|Dimensions||Image 130 x 100 mm, Sheet 153 x 111 mm|
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) was one of the most important figures of the eighteenth century art world. He was the first President of the Royal Academy and Britain's leading portrait painter. Through a series of lectures on the Discourses on Art at the Royal Academy he defined the style later known as the Grand Manner, an idealised Classical aesthetic. He had a profound impact on the theory and practice of art and helped to raise the status of portrait painting into the realm of fine art. A flamboyant socialite, Reynolds used his social contacts to promote himself and advance his career becoming one of the most prominent portrait painters of the period.
Condition; laid to paper, trimmed within plate, however, not affecting image.