Joshua Reynolds: Rev. Mr. Thomas Smart, c.1735.

#1 NEWEST  The Revd Mr Thomas Smart Engravings from the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1822

1- REVEREND MR. THOMAS SMART, portrait after Reynolds (1735, private collection), 1822, mezzotint with scratching, 22.6 x 16.3 cm, British Museum, London.

Reverend Mr. Thomas Smart was Vicar of Maker when 11-year-old Joshua Reynolds painted his portrait in 1735, the same year the sitter died. This print is a much later derivation of the oil on canvas that is in private hands. With art materials provided by George, 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1720-1795), it is traditionally believed to be Reynolds’s first oil painting.

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