Monday, March 1, 2010

Sir Joshua Reynolds - Nelly O'Brien

Nellie O'Brien
By Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
Painted 1762-4
Wallace Collection London
GB 7.5p Stamp Issued 1973

Sir Joshua Reynolds is best known for his portrait paintings of the rich and famous.  He studied the Old Masters of painting in Italy from 1749-1752, before becoming famous for his Grand Style portraits which aimed at portraying idealised versions of imperfect people.  He commanded expensive fees at the height of his career, and he was knighted by King George III in 1769.

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