Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) painter and first President of the Royal Academy: Self Portrait

  • 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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    Title
    Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) painter and first President of the Royal Academy: Self Portrait
    Date
    published 1 December 1780
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Dimensions
    height: 52.40 cm, width: 42.10 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Grosvenor Prints, May 2002
    Provenance
    With Grosvenor Prints, London; from whom purchased by the Government Art Collection in May 2002
    GAC number
    17708