Joshua Reynolds

Portrait of Fifth Viscount Allen, named Joshua (1728-1816) in the Uniform of a Lord Lieutenant

Portrait of Fifth Viscount Allen, named Joshua (1728-1816) in the Uniform of a Lord Lieutenant by Joshua Reynolds

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Sir Joshua Reynolds was considered by many to be the most important artist of his day. As a young man he decided to become a painter after finding Posso's book on perspective, and Richardson's Essay on the Theory of Painting in his father's library. He went on to become the first president of the Royal Academy. This painting is noted in his Artist Sitter book of 1762, one of many such military portraits. The subject is portrayed wearing the uniform of a Lord Lieutenant, in a manner typical of Reynolds' middle period, with thin glazes on the face and thick impasto on the coat.

Title
Portrait of Fifth Viscount Allen, named Joshua (1728-1816) in the Uniform of a Lord Lieutenant
Artist/creator
Production date
1762
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
955 x 845 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
M1975/61
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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