Biography

Nathaniel Hone, 'Sketch for ‘The Conjuror’' 1775
Nathaniel Hone
Sketch for ‘The Conjuror’ 1775

Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (/ˈrɛnəldz/; 16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. He was a founder and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was knighted by George III in 1769.

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