Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Subject Pictures

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Sir Joshua Reynolds' reputation today rests principally on his portraits, his theoretical writings on art and his role as President of the Royal Academy. Yet in his own day Reynolds' subject pictures were among the most widely discussed British paintings of the century. This is the first book to concentrate on this important aspect of Reynolds' work. Covering the period from 1760 to 1830, it shows the way in which these pictures were inextricably linked to Reynolds' aims and practices as a painter, and to the way in which he was perceived by his peers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521420662
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Several types of ambiguity: historical portraiture and history painting; 2. The infant academy; 3. 'Patriarchs, Prophets and Saviours': Reynolds as a history painter 1770–1773; 4. 'Fashion's fickle claim': high art 1173–1781; 5. The labours of Hercules 1782–1789; 6. The 'modern Apelles' and the modern Maecenas; 7. 'In search of the True Briton'.

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