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British 1723-1792 Sir Joshua Reynolds Locations Reynolds was born in Plympton, Devon, on 16 July 1723. As one of eleven children, and the son of the village school-master, Reynolds was restricted to a formal education provided by his father. He exhibited a natural curiosity and, as a boy, came under the influence of Zachariah Mudge, whose Platonistic philosophy stayed with him all his life. Showing an early interest in art, Reynolds was apprenticed in 1740 to the fashionable portrait painter Thomas Hudson, with whom he remained until 1743. From 1749 to 1752, he spent over two years in Italy, where he studied the Old Masters and acquired a taste for the "Grand Style". Unfortunately, whilst in Rome, Reynolds suffered a severe cold which left him partially deaf and, as a result, he began to carry a small ear trumpet with which he is often pictured. From 1753 until the end of his life he lived in London, his talents gaining recognition soon after his arrival in France. Reynolds worked long hours in his studio, rarely taking a holiday. He was both gregarious and keenly intellectual, with a great number of friends from London's intelligentsia, numbered amongst whom were Dr Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith, Edmund Burke, Giuseppe Baretti, Henry Thrale, David Garrick and fellow artist Angelica Kauffmann. Because of his popularity as a portrait painter, Reynolds enjoyed constant interaction with the wealthy and famous men and women of the day, and it was he who first brought together the famous figures of "The" Club. With his rival Thomas Gainsborough, Reynolds was the dominant English portraitist of 'the Age of Johnson'. It is said that in his long life he painted as many as three thousand portraits. In 1789 he lost the sight of his left eye, which finally forced him into retirement. In 1791 James Boswell dedicated his Life of Samuel Johnson to Reynolds. Reynolds died on 23 February 1792 in his house in Leicester Fields, London. He is buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.

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Sir Joshua Reynolds The Children of Edward Hollen Cruttenden oil painting artist


Sir Joshua Reynolds The Children of Edward Hollen Cruttenden oil painting artist

The Children of Edward Hollen Cruttenden
Painting ID::  3541
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Museum of Art, Sao Paolo

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Sir Joshua Reynolds Cupid Unfastens the Belt of Venus oil painting artist


Sir Joshua Reynolds Cupid Unfastens the Belt of Venus oil painting artist

Cupid Unfastens the Belt of Venus
Painting ID::  3542
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1788 The Hermitage, St.Petersburg

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Sir Joshua Reynolds The Countess Spencer with her Daughter Georgina oil painting artist


Sir Joshua Reynolds The Countess Spencer with her Daughter Georgina oil painting artist

The Countess Spencer with her Daughter Georgina
Painting ID::  3543
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1760/61

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Sir Joshua Reynolds Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen oil painting artist


Sir Joshua Reynolds Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen oil painting artist

Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen
Painting ID::  3544
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1773 Tate Gallery, London

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Sir Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Admiral Viscount Keppel oil painting artist


Sir Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Admiral Viscount Keppel oil painting artist

Portrait of Admiral Viscount Keppel
Painting ID::  3545
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1780 Tate Gallery, London

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