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Sir Joshua Reynolds : The Subject Pictures - Martin Postle

Sir Joshua Reynolds

The Subject Pictures

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Sir Joshua Reynolds's subject pictures were among the most widely discussed British paintings of the eighteenth century. Today Reynolds's reputation rests principally on his portraits, his theoretical writings on art and his role as president of the Royal Academy. But while he could complete the face of a portrait-sitter in a matter of hours, his subject paintings often occupied him for months or even years, and it is clear from Reynolds's own preoccupation with them, and the critical coverage they received during his day, that the subject pictures lay at the very heart of Reynolds's practice as a painter. In this, the first book to be devoted to this aspect of Reynolds's work, the subject pictures are shown as playing a vital role in shaping attitudes to high art during the major transitions in British culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Industry Reviews

"The author has conducted exhaustive research in a wide range of historical and literary sources, and he makes particularly good use of the numerous contemporary reviews and commentaries in the public press...Postle's book is a significant addition to Reynold's scholarship...Postle deserves credit for the clarity of his jargon-free prose and the thoroughness of his research which will serve to provides the groundwork for any future study of the development of history painting in Britain." Albion

List of plates
List of colour plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
Several types of ambiguity: historical portraiture and history paintingp. 1
The infant academyp. 58
'Patriarchs, Prophets and Paviours': Reynolds as a history painter, 1770-1773p. 121
'Fashion's fickle claim': high art 1773-1781p. 161
The Labours of Hercules (1782-1789)p. 194
The 'modern Apelles' and the 'modern Maecenas': Reynolds, Boydell, and Macklinp. 234
'That ever living ornament of the English School': Reynolds's subject pictures, 1792-1830p. 273
Notesp. 312
Referencesp. 346
Indexp. 362
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521420662
ISBN-10: 0521420660
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 23rd February 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.33