Sir Joshua Reynolds and studio
Portrait of a Lady date not known

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Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723–1792 and studio
Portrait of a Lady
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 756 x 622 mm
Acquisition Presented by Miss M.H. Turner 1944
Not on display

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Turner apparently bought works by Reynolds or from his studio at the sale of the painter's niece, the Marchioness of Thomond, in 1821. One of these, possibly this unfinished sketch, was hung in his hall at Queen Anne Street although it was not listed in the 1854 inventory. The hall was described at the end of his life as being bare, with 'dingy brown' walls, but the inventory hints at a more considered arrangement, including Turner's four casts of Centaur and Lapith metopes from the Elgin Marbles, a pair of painted pedestals with marble tops and a plaster cast on the stairs.

August 2004

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