Richard Grenville (later Grenville-Temple), 2nd Earl Temple (1711-1779) politician

William Dickinson (1746 - 1823)
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Mezzotint and engraving

published 10 May 1778
  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist

    Joshua Reynolds was the dominant artistic personality during the age of George III. He was born in Plympton, Devon. From 1750 to 1752 he studied the work of the Old Masters in Rome. Reynolds returned via Florence and Paris, and settled in London in 1753. In 1759 he painted a portrait of the future king, George, Prince of Wales (Royal Collection). After George’s accession the following year, Reynolds was dismayed to learn that Allan Ramsay had been made Principal Painter to the King. This marked the beginning of increasing hostility between Reynolds and the King. Nonetheless, by 1760 Reynolds had established himself as the leading portraitist. He became President of the Royal Academy in 1768 and was knighted the following year.
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    Grenville, later Grenville-Temple), Richard, 2nd Earl Temple
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, mezzotint
  • Details
    Richard Grenville (later Grenville-Temple), 2nd Earl Temple (1711-1779) politician
    published 10 May 1778
    Mezzotint and engraving
    Purchased from Colnaghi, March 1973
    GAC number