Joshua Reynolds: Charles Cutcliffe, c. 1743.

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3 – Charles Cutcliffe, c. 1743, City Art Gallery, Plymouth, 28 x 22 cm (oval).

The sitter was an attorney in north Devon at Bideford who helped Reynolds secure an apprenticeship to English portrait painter Thomas Hudson (1701-1779). This picture is identified as a young Reynolds’s work based upon an August 1743 letter from his father to Cutcliffe.

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