Joshua Reynolds

1723 Born at Plympton St Maurice in Devon, the son of the headmaster of Plympton Grammar School.

1740 Decides to become a painter. Apprenticed to Thomas Hudson in London.

1743 Reynolds cuts short his apprenticeship, working independently in London and Devon.

1749 Sails to Italy with his friend Commodore Augustus Keppel.

1750 Reynolds lives in Rome for two years.

1752 Visits Florence, Bologna, Naples, Venice and Paris before returning to London.

1753 Sets up his own studio in London quickly becoming successful and establishing himself in society circles.

1756 Meets and becomes friendly with Dr Johnson.

1759 Reynolds is elected a governor of the Foundling Hospital.

1764 Founds the Literary Club. Becomes seriously ill but recovers.

1766 He is elected as a member of the Society of Dilettanti.

1768 The Royal Academy is founded and Reynolds is elected as first President.

1769 Delivers the first of his Discourses. Knighted by George III.

1773 Elected Mayor of Plympton.

1778 The first seven Discourses are published.

1782 Suffers a stroke which affects his eyesight.

1784 Appointed principal painter to the king.

1785 Visits Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent.

1789 His eyesight begins to fail.

1790 Makes his last appearance at the Royal Academy.

1792 Dies in London.


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Joshua Reynolds - Selected Works

1748 Self Portrait, London, National Portrait Gallery

1748 Thomas and Martha Neate with their Tutor, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1753 Augustus Keppel, London, National Maritime Museum

1756 Portrait of Captain Robert Orme, London, National Gallery

1756 Catherine, Lady Chambers, London, Kenwood House

1757 Samuel Johnson, London, National Portrait Gallery

1763 Mrs Thomas Riddell, Newcastle upon Tyne, Laing Art Gallery

1764 Nelly O'Brien, London, Wallace Collection

1764 Anne Dashwood as a Shepherdess, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1765 Lady Sarah Bunbury Sacrificing to the Graces, Chicago, Art Institute

c1766 General John Burgoyne, New York, Frick Collection

1771 Mrs Abington, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art

1772 Sir Joseph Banks, London, National Portrait Gallery

1773 Lady Cockburn and her three Eldest Sons, London, National Gallery

1773 Charles Coote, Ist Earl of Bellamont, Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland

1775 Miss Bowles, London, Wallace Collection

1777 Lady Elizabeth Delm̩ and her Children, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art

1779 Portrait of Richard Robinson, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

1780 Self Portrait, London, Royal Academy of Arts

1782 Colonel Banastre Tarleton, London, National Gallery

1784 Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse, San Marino, CA, Huntington Library and Art Gallery

1787 Lady Smith and Children, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1788 Cupid Undoing Venus's Belt, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

Joshua Reynolds - Featured Paintings

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