Joshua Reynolds: Sir William Morice, 3rd Bt, 1745.

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16-Sir William Morice, 3rd Bt (c.1707-1750) 1745, 123 x 99 cm, St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall.

Sir William had his portrait painted by an artist other than Reynolds when Sir William traveled to Italy in 1729 and 1730. In Italy Sir William bought art – mainly Canalettos. In 1731 he married Lady Lucy Wharton but seven years later they divorced.  In 1741 Anna Bury became his wife. Reynolds paints Sir William wearing a brownish silk tunic and grey cloak with a red velvet hat lined in fur.

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