Category Archives: Joshua Reynolds

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.

Joshua Reynolds: Clotworth Skeffington, later 1st Earl of Massereene, 1744-46.

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15- Clotworth Skeffington, later 1st Earl of Massereene (1714-1757), 1744-46, 121.3 x 96.5 cm, Private Collection.

Clotworth Skeffington’s portrait was perhaps painted in London and was Reynolds’s most ambitious painting to date.

Joshua Reynolds: Richard Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse, 1744-46.

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14-Richard Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse (c.1718-1764), 1744-46, 127 x 102 cm, private collection.

Rosse was an Irish peer and this portrait was likely painted in London. He married Olivia Edwards in 1754. The composition is derived from a portrait of James Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox, c. 1634–35 by Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641) that is today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Joshua Reynolds: Edward Eliot, 1st Lord, 1744-45.

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12-Edward Eliot, 1st Lord (1727-1804), 1744-45, 76 x 63 cm, Trustees of the St Germans Estate, Port Eliot, Cornwall.

Edward Eliot was MP for Cornwall and lifelong friend of the artist. Described as lively, most agreeable and very clever, he was a pall-bearer at Reynolds’ funeral nearly half a century after this portrait was painted.