Sir Joshua Reynolds, first president of the Royal Academy; With fifty-two plates

9781154847925: Sir Joshua Reynolds, first president of the Royal Academy; With fifty-two plates

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ...pages, and Johnson calls up the diverting image of himself as a public singer. The pocket-book for 1776 is missing, and we have to depend for the routine of Sir Joshua's employments on the sidelights of Boswell, Hannah More's letters, the Academy catalogue, &c. Twelve pictures were sent to the Academy: the Duchess of Devonshire (the Althorp full length); Mrs. Lloyd (full length, cutting her name on a tree); Lord Althorp (full length); t Lord Temple, called by Walpole the finest portrait Reynolds ever painted; J Mrs. Montagu (half-length);§ Master Crewe, as Henry VIII.; the Duke of Devonshire (three-quarter length);f David Garrick (the Thrale picture; a half-length with the thumbs together); Master Herbert, as Bacchus; ft Omiah (full length); ft the Infant Daniel; §§ and the young St. John. From this list it will be seen that Reynolds seldom did more for the glory of the Exhibition than in 1776. In conception, at least, few of his whole-length portraits of ladies excel the Duchess of Devonshire; in animation, he seldom equalled the Garrick; while for prompt felicity in the realisation of a boyish individuality, the Master Crewe must, I think, be put at the head of his portraits of children. Among other pictures worked on, at least, if not begun or finished in this year, were the full lengths of the Duke of Dorset, Sir Richard and Lady Worsley, Lady Melbourne, Lady Frances Marsham, and Mrs. Weyland, the half lengths of Sir Charles Davers, Lady Tyrconnel, and Lord Mount Stewart, and about thirty others. It was an active year--sitters were numerous, and the time given to subject-pictures correspondingly meagre. Only three are referred to in the ledger, the " Samuel," the "St. John," and a " Boy with a drawing in his h...

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