Portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. Painted by Himself, (painting)
Reynolds, Joshua Sir 1723-1792
Reynolds, Joshua, Sir
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 47
Among the works of Sir Joshua, are two of his most excellent performances--the Lord Bishop of Westminster second only, if second to the celebrated Lord Heathfield, of the National Gallery--and the Lord Clive family which Sir Thomas Lawrence pronounced to possess excellencies surpassing any of similar works and was anxious to become its possessor. [P. iv.] P.R.A. Born at Plymouth in Devonshire, July 16, 1723; died February 23, 1792, aged 69. This distinguished portrait painter has represented himself in his academic robes. We may imagine we trace in the countenance the peculiarities of his genius in modern art; a certain quickness of intellect; the searching eye, and a countenance expressive of thought. That we might suppose the powers of the mind in active operation, calling to recollection and comparing the beauties of those great masters at whose shrine he offered up his adorations, to the splendour of Titian, the sweetness of Correggio, and above all, his greatest favorite, Michael Angelo, the name of whom, agreeable to his wish, was the last word that escaped from his lips to the students of the Royal Academy. [PP. 23-24.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.