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Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds
The Subject Pictures

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  • Date Published: February 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521420662

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds's subject pictures were among the most widely discussed British paintings of the eighteenth century. Today Reynolds's reputation rests principally on his portraits, his theoretical writings on art and his role as president of the Royal Academy. But while he could complete the face of a portrait-sitter in a matter of hours, his subject paintings often occupied him for months or even years, and it is clear from Reynolds's own preoccupation with them, and the critical coverage they received during his day, that the subject pictures lay at the very heart of Reynolds's practice as a painter. In this, the first book to be devoted to this aspect of Reynolds's work, the subject pictures are shown as playing a vital role in shaping attitudes to high art during the major transitions in British culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

    • First monograph of any kind on Reynolds for a very long time
    • Subject pictures (e.g. mythological and biblical subjects) more highly rated in Reynolds's time than portraiture
    • Author leading Reynolds expert. Contributing to the large Catalogue Raisonné of Reynolds's work to be published by Yale in 1994
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521420662
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 196 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.334kg
    • contains: 100 b/w illus. 16 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • 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'.

  • Author

    Martin Postle, University of Delaware

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