Pre-Felton works after Reynolds
Purcell after Reynolds David Garrick {1868} NGV [PR]
Smith (J.) after Reynolds Madona col bambino 1791 {1868} NGV [PR]

Reynolds distinguished himself not only as a fine portrait-painter, but also as a precursor of the modern arts bureaucrat, especially as foundation President of the British Royal Academy from 1768 until his death. His Discourses, delivered to the Academy between 1769 and 1790, document his classicist ideals.

After 1904, the NGV acquired several significant examples of his portraits, as well as various other prints after his paintings.


For the NGV’s current holdings of Reynolds’ work, see Hoff NGV (1995), pp.238-41 and For his Discourses, see the edition by Robert Wark, New Haven: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 1975