Art Museum

Sir Joshua Reynolds Gallery

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1727-1788) was one of the most renowned portraitists of the 18th century. Born at Plympton, Devonshire, Reynolds served a brief apprenticeship under Thomas Hudson in London before launching his career as a portrait painter in Plymouth. Between 1749 and 1752, he studied ancient art in Italy. Soon after his return to England, he became the most fashionable portraitist in London. Reynolds was a prolific painter whose variety of approach was envied by his rival, Thomas Gainsborough. Click on the following thumbnails to view Sir Joshua Reynolds' works.

Portrait of Suzanna Beckford
1756
Nelly O'Brien
1762
Mrs. Abington as Miss Prue
1771
Portrait of Mrs. Jelf Powis and Her Daughter
1777
Lady Caroline Howard
1778
Mrs. Peter Beckford
1782
Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse
1784
Lady Skipwith
1787