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Sir Joshua Reynolds, ‘Self-Portrait’ c.1775
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Self-Portrait c.1775

Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (/ˈrɛnəldz/; 16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits. According to John Russell, he was one of the major European painters of the 18th Century. 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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