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Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835)

A self-portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds published 1 Feb 1795

Mezzotint with drypoint | 36.1 x 26.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 641025

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This mezzotint reproduces a self-portrait painted 50 years earlier, when Reynolds was in his mid-twenties. His dynamic pose is strongly foreshortened and lit by a striking pattern of light and dark. This was one of a glut of prints of self-portraits by Reynolds published in the years following his death, a phenomenon of which the inveterate self-publicist would no doubt have approved.