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Portrait collections in Edinburgh, 18 September 2015

Posted: 2015

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Join us for expert-led tours of the portrait collections at the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and Archers’ Hall, home of The Royal Company of Archers. The full programme and details of how to apply for a place and for travel support will be announced in the July newsletter –[...]

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Sir Joshua Reynolds: Sketchbooks to Genius by Paul Willis

Posted: 15 June 2015

Reynolds Sketchbook (PLYMG Page 46r) by Joshua Reynolds (detail) © Plymouth City Council (Arts & Heritage)

Sir Joshua Reynolds is a pivotal figure in the development of the British School of painting, principally through his writings on art and his portraits. However, besides the research conducted by Giovanna Perini Folesani, Reynolds’ Italian Sketchbooks have received little critical attention. This is possibly because his sketchbooks have been generally overlooked in favour of his portraits and his later attempts at ‘history’ paintings. However, Reynolds sketchbooks constitute not only a significant influence on his immediate output on his return to England in 1752, but may also help to understand how he established himself as[...]

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