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Sir Joshua Reynolds : the painter in society

Author: Richard Wendorf
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
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That Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) became the most fashionable painter of his time was not simply due to his artistic gifts or good fortune. The art of pleasing, Richard Wendorf contends, was as much a part of Reynolds's success - in his life and in his work - as the art of painting. The author's examination of Reynolds's life and career illuminates the nature of eighteenth-century English society in relation to
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Wendorf, Richard.
Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605149728
Named Person: Joshua Reynolds, Sir; Joshua Reynolds; Joshua Reynolds, Sir
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wendorf
ISBN: 0674809661 9780674809666
OCLC Number: 33947431
Description: xi, 265 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Richard Wendorf.

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[A] luminous study of Reynolds...After finishing this book, we are left not only with an understanding and appreciation of Sir Joshua Reynold's public eminence in art and society, but also of the Read more...

 
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