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Sir Joshua Reynolds A Collection of Fifteen Pictures and a Portrait of the Painter with Introduction and Interpretation   By: (1863-1924)

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[Illustration: SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS]

Masterpieces of Art

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS

A COLLECTION OF FIFTEEN PICTURES

AND A PORTRAIT OF THE PAINTER

WITH INTRODUCTION AND

INTERPRETATION

BY

ESTELLE M. HURLL

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

The Riverside Press Cambridge

COPYRIGHT, 1900, BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.

PREFACE

This selection of pictures from Reynolds's works is intended to show him at his best in the various classes of subjects which he painted. Johnson and Lord Heathfield are among his finest male portraits, Miss Bowles and Master Bunbury are unsurpassed among his pictures of children, and the Strawberry Girl was the painter's own favorite fancy picture. Penelope Boothby and Angels' Heads are popular favorites which could not be omitted from any collection. In Lady Cockburn and Her Children, The Duchess of Devonshire and Her Child, and Pickaback we have typical groups of mothers and children. Mrs. Siddons stands apart as one of his most unique and remarkable productions. The other pictures add as much as possible to the variety of the collection, and show something of the range of Reynolds's art.

ESTELLE M. HURLL.

NEW BEDFORD, MASS.

September, 1900.

CONTENTS AND LIST OF PICTURES

PORTRAIT OF REYNOLDS. Painted by himself. ( Frontispiece ) From a Carbon Print by Braun, Clement & Co.

INTRODUCTION

I. ON THE ART OF REYNOLDS

II. ON BOOKS OF REFERENCE

III. HISTORICAL DIRECTORY OF THE PICTURES OF THIS COLLECTION

IV. OUTLINE TABLE OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN REYNOLDS'S LIFE

V. CONTEMPORARIES

I. PENELOPE BOOTHBY Picture from a Photograph by Mansell

II. MASTER CREWE AS HENRY VIII Picture from an Engraving by S. W. Reynolds

III. LADY COCKBURN AND HER CHILDREN Picture from a Photograph by Franz Hanfstaengl

IV. MISS BOWLES Picture from a Photograph by Mansell

V. MASTER BUNBURY Picture from an Engraving by S. W. Reynolds

VI. MRS. SIDDONS AS THE TRAGIC MUSE Picture from a Photograph by W. M. Spooner & Co., London.

VII. ANGELS' HEADS Picture from a Carbon Print by Braun, Clement & Co.

VIII. THE DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE AND HER CHILD Picture from a Carbon Print by Braun, Clement & Co.

IX. HOPE Picture from a Photograph by the London Autotype Co.

X. LORD HEATHFIELD Picture from a Photograph by Franz Hanfstaengl

XI. MRS. PAYNE GALLOWAY AND HER CHILD "PICKABACK" Picture from a Photograph by the London Autotype Co.

XII. CUPID AS LOVE BOY Picture from an Engraving by S. W. Reynolds

XIII. THE HON. ANNE BINGHAM Picture from an Engraving by Bartolozzi

XIV. THE STRAWBERRY GIRL Picture from a Photograph by Mansell

XV. DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON Picture from a Carbon Print by Braun, Clement & Co.

XVI. THE PORTRAIT OF REYNOLDS

INTRODUCTION

I. ON THE ART OF REYNOLDS

The name of Sir Joshua Reynolds holds a place of honor among the world's great portrait painters. To appreciate fully his originative power one must understand the disadvantages under which he worked. His technical training was of the meagrest kind, and all his life he was hampered by ignorance of anatomy. But on the other hand he combined all those peculiar qualities of the artist without which no amount of technical skill can produce great portrait work.

He had, in the first place, that indefinable quality of taste, which means so much in portraiture. His was an unerring instinct for poise, drapery, color, and composition. Each of his figures seems to assume naturally an attitude of perfect grace; the draperies fall of their own accord in beautiful lines... Continue reading book >>




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