Sir Joshua Reynolds art links 


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Sir Joshua Reynolds: Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse, 1784
Photograph by Rennett Stowe, Creative Commons licensed


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Sir Joshua Reynolds

[English Rococo Era Painter, 1723-1792]

• Relationships: Studied under Thomas Hudson.
Reynolds' many students included Sir Henry Raeburn, Hugh Barron, Thomas Beach, Carl Fredrik von Breda, William Doughty, John Hoppner, John Hamilton Mortimer, George Engleheart, James Northcote, William Owen and Archibald Robertson.
• Subject matter:  Specializes in Portraits.
• Browse all:  British artists

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Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteSir Joshua Reynolds at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
2 works online

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum PHAROS Website, Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Continence of Scipio, 1789
The Infant Hercules Strangling the Serpents, 1786
Cupid Untying the Zone of Venus, 1788

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Notable SiteSir Joshua Reynolds at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Master Hare

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Database, Paris

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas  
Portrait of Mrs. Jelf Powis and Her Daughter, 1777

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa  
Colonel Charles Churchill
Sir Jeffrey Amherst, K.B.

Notable SiteNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Notable SitePrado Museum Database, Madrid   NEW!
(Linking to the Spanish-language version because it contains far more works than the English version)

Notable SiteRoyal Academy of Arts Collection, London, UK

Notable SiteSir Joshua Reynolds at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK

Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy (in Italian)  
Ritratto di Rebecca Watson
N.B. The zoom-in feature ("Esplora il dipinto") only works with Internet Explorer

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Provenance Research
George Townshend, 4th Viscount Townshend

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Bowes Museum, County Durham, UK
Portrait of a Lady

Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery, England
Augustus John, 3rd Earl of Bristol, 1762

Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan (in Chinese)  
Juno Receiving the Cestus from Venus

Christchurch Art Gallery / Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
3 paintings online

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina
Mrs. Elizabeth Palmer as Bacchante

Compton Verney, Warwick, England
A Portrait of Mrs Baldwin, 1782

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
3 works by or related to the artist

Dayton Art Institute, Ohio
Henry, Eighth Lord Arundell Of Wardour

Dayton Art Institute, Ohio
Henry, Eighth Lord Arundell of Wardour, ca.1764-67

Denver Art Museum / Berger Collection, Colorado
2 works online

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK   NEW!

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
Select the artist from the drop-down list

Falmouth Art Gallery, England
2 works online

Frick Collection, New York City   NEW!

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Scyacust Ukah

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Portrait of Miss Franks, 1766

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas   NEW!

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, UK
Mrs. Peter Beckford, 1782

Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
Portrait of Miss Hoare
Portrait of the Artist

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota  
2 works online

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France (in French)  

Museo d'Arte della Città di Ravenna, Italy
Prince William Frederick (Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (in Spanish)  

Museum of London, UK
Portrait of the Artist, 1780

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
2 works online

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK
Many works online

National Museums Liverpool, UK
Overview page with 4 works online

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
Lieutenant Haswell R.N. Son of John Haswell of Tiverton, Devon

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Jane, Duchess of Gordon, 1775/78

Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy (in Italian)  
Mini-site for a 2005 exhibition. Click "La Mostra" to see 3 pages of artworks.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Aneas Mackay of Ravenhead House

Ringling Museum of Art, Florida
John Manners, Marquis of Granby, 1766

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, England
Captain Charles Proby of Elton Hall, ca.1756

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, Georgia
Self-Portrait as a Young Artist, 1740s

Southampton City Art Gallery, England

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
Click "English" at the top right to switch the default language, then click "Search"

Studio Esseci, Italy (in Italian)  
Click "Immagini" to see a large image from a 2005 exhibition

The Faringdon Collection at Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, UK
3 works online

The Huntington Library, California

The Wallace Collection, London, UK   NEW!

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland   NEW!

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Miss Theodosia Magill (1744-1817), afterwards Countess of Clanwilliam, 1765

USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Sir Patrick Blacke, ca.1765-66
(Don't miss the "fullscreen" icon when viewing images)

Valtion Taidemuseo (Finnish National Gallery), Helsinki, Finland

Valtion Taidemuseo (Finnish National Gallery), Helsinki, Finland

Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue, London, UK

Virtual Museum of Canada

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (mostly in German)  

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Art Fund for UK Museums
Quite a few works online

D'Outre Manche Database of British Art in French Public Collections

Flemish Art Collection Database, Belgium (in Dutch)  

Joconde Database of French Museum Collections (in French)  

UK National Inventory of Continental European Paintings (NICE)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
5 works online

Notable SiteSir Joshua Reynolds at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteSir Joshua Reynolds at The Athenaeum  
55 works online by Reynolds

Notable SiteSir Joshua Reynolds in the Web Gallery of Art  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

Sir Joshua Reynolds at CGFA  

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web  

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)

RKD Netherlands Imagebase   NEW!
Eclectic database of images that range from old black-and-white photos to superb, zoomable reproductions

State Hermitage Museum Unofficial Site

Wellcome Images Collection, London  

Additional Image Search Tools:
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Miscellaneous Sites:
Ben Elwes Fine Art, London, UK -- Notable past sales
A Nymph and Cupid

Dickinson Agents and Dealers in Fine Art, London, UK -- Notable past sales

Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

Shakespeare Illustrated

Tennessee Portrait Project
Portrait of a Lady, "attributed to" Joshua Reynolds

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations

The Modernist Journals Project
(Click "Retrieve Images" to see artworks)

UK Government Art Collection

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Portrait of Omai (scroll down towards the bottom of the page)

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Sir Joshua Reynolds  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteRKD Netherlands Institute for Art History  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Project Gutenberg
Full text of Reynolds' treatise, Seven Discourses on Art

Spartacus Educational Books

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen, 1773

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Nelly O'Brien, ca.1763

Wikiquote, compendium of quotations from the Wikimedia Foundation

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Painter in Society

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The Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

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The Letters of Sir Joshua Reynolds


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