Studying the Study: Joshua Reynold’s Study for a Portrait of Lord George Seymour Conway

Joshua Reynolds needs no introduction.  He served as the first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, was knighted by George III, and has over 1000 of his portraits in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.  His Seven Discourses on Art, a series of lectures delivered to students at the Royal Academy between 1769 and 1790, … Continue reading Studying the Study: Joshua Reynold’s Study for a Portrait of Lord George Seymour Conway

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Portraiture in Focus: John Hoppner’s Depiction of John Osborn

In a recent post we highlighted a painting by George Romney of Sir Francis Lind.  Today we are continuing our focus on portraiture to examine a portrait by John Hoppner R.A. of Sir John Osborn (1772-1848), which we recently acquired.  We will look at both the artist and sitter in further detail. John Hoppner John … Continue reading Portraiture in Focus: John Hoppner’s Depiction of John Osborn

Thomas Rowlandson: An Eighteenth Century Viewpoint

Thomas Rowlandson was an English artist and caricaturist working throughout the second half of the eighteenth century.  He was a prolific artist--as it was once said, he 'etched as much copper as would sheathe the British navy.'  Rowlandson trained in London and in Paris, and after entering the Royal Academy and exhibiting for several years … Continue reading Thomas Rowlandson: An Eighteenth Century Viewpoint

Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange

Today we are focusing on an impressive picture by Thomas Henry Wyatt of the New Exchange building in Liverpool.  Exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878, the size and virtuoso draftsmanship of the present watercolour must make it one of the most dramatic and impressive drawings by a Victorian architect to have survived. … Continue reading Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange