by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
In 1740 Reynolds went to London to study painting. By 1760, he had become the most popular portrait painter in London. His works were valued twice as much as those of Gainsborough. Among his models were aristocrats and the gentry, state and political figures, military men, poets and writers, actors and scientists, upper-class ladies and women of questionable reputation. In the 1760s Reynolds was one of the founding members of the Society of Artists. The Society of Artists sought the patronage of the King, and in 1768 the Royal Academy was founded with Reynolds as its first president. In 1769 he was knighted by George III and for the next 20 years his authority in art was indisputable. Three years before his death Reynolds became blind and had to stop his work. He was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral with honors as a man of national fame in Britain. A bronze statue of him by Alfred Drury, was placed in the courtyard in front of the Royal Academy in 1912.
This print is in excellent condition. It has light age toning. It was stored flat and protected. Never been framed.
Printed on quality stock paper.