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Study for the Royal Academy Self Portrait 1780 1780

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (1723-92)

Study for the Royal Academy Self Portrait 1780, Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
29 x 25 inches 74.9 x 64.1 cm
 
Literature:
David Mannings Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA 1723-1792 The Self Portraits 1992 p.20 (ill.) Front Cover (ill.)
Exhibited:
Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA 1723-1792 The Self Portraits Plymouth City Museums and Art Gallery June-October 1992 (cat. 20.)
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This remarkable portrait represents one of the most important Reynolds discoveries of recent years. It is an assured and direct study for the large self-portrait in the collection of ther Royal Academy, in which the artist depicts himself in the scarlet and salmon-pink faced gown of an Oxford Doctor of Civil Law. The velvet bonnet of the degree combines with the bold treatment of light and shade to demonstrate the considerable debt, almost a hommage, to the self-portraits of Rembrandt. This, and the masterly use of a low view point, creates an extremely forceful impression of character and achievement.
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