Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of George John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, later 2nd Earl Spencer 1758-1834 1778c.

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (1723-92)

Portrait of George John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, later 2nd Earl Spencer 1758-1834, Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
20 1/2 x 16 inches 57.2 x 40.6 cm
 
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This is one of Reynolds''s more remarkable compositions, and for the sheer relish it displays in the physical possibities of paint can scarcely be bettered in texturality and boldness in colour. The single line of thick impasto drawn down the front of the waistcoat to suggest its sheen, its line, its shape is almost insolent in its virtuosity.
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