Joshua Reynolds

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Date of Birth July 16, 1723
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Feb 23, 1792 (68)
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Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds was an English painter, specialising in portraits. John Russell said he was one of the major European painters of the 18th century. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. He was a founder and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was knighted by George III in 1769.

Born: Joshua Reynolds, July 16, 1723, Plympton, Devon, England
Died: February 23, 1792, Leicester Fields, London, England
Resting place: St Paul's Cathedral
Nationality: British
Education: Plympton Free Grammar School
Notable work: The Age of Innocence

About Joshua Reynolds

Remembered for his portraits of Edward Cornwallis, Lady Caroline Howard, and other prominent figures, this eighteenth-century artist co-founded and served as president of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Before Fame

At the age of seventeen, he became an apprentice to the London-based portrait artist Thomas Hudson.


He painted in the "Grand Manner" common among his artistic contemporaries, meaning that his paintings idealized his subjects' imperfections.

Family Life

His older sister, Mary Palmer, was a prominent writer; her best known work is a vernacular piece titled Devonshire Dialogue.


He painted a 1784 portrait of the Welsh actress Sarah Siddons.

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