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Museum On Tour, 12 December 2018: RA 250 – A Tale of Two Presidents

BLOG POST - 12 December 2018: Throughout late 2108 we’ve been marking 250 years since the founding of the Royal Academy (RA), otherwise known as RA250 – and what better way to wrap up our coverage of this anniversary by highlighting Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Charles Eastlake, both of whom were Presidents of the RA?

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Museum On Tour, 19 September 2018: RA250 – Great Artists, Great Teachers

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer Art means different things to different people, but everyone remembers a great artist. They may be a name whose work you’ve never seen but who have a reputation for brilliance. They may be the creator of something that captures your imagination while you’re walking through a gallery or […]

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Reynolds, his achievements and legacy

In the final post of this series, Lawrie looks at Reynolds in the height of fame, his achievements and his legacy. She will also look at the self-portrait by James Northcote, who was both a pupil of Reynolds and the writer of a biography of Reynolds. Finally, some information about Plymouth’s acquisition of the early […]

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Reynolds on the Grand Tour

The following post is based on an Art Bite talk given at the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. It was given by Lawrie Thorne, who has carried out research into Reynolds’ early years up until the 1750s. We follow as Reynolds is about to begin the Grand Tour. In 1749 Commodore Keppel in the […]

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Reynolds: Dock, Devon and London

The following post is based on an Art Bite talk given at the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. It was given by Lawrie Thorne, who has carried out research into Reynolds’ early years up until the 1750s. We pick up the story in Plymouth, as Reynolds is establishing himself as a portrait painter. As […]

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Reynolds’ early years in Plympton

By Lawrie Thorne – project volunteer Lawrie has carried out research into Reynolds’ early years up until the 1750s. This is the first in a series of posts looking at the significance of the recently acquired self-portrait, in the life and times of Reynolds. It is based on an Art Bite talk given in December 2014. Joshua Reynolds was born on […]

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The early times of Reynolds at Plymouth Dock

By Celia Bean, project volunteer Before he was 20 Joshua Reynolds had declared that if he did not prove himself to be the best painter of the age by the time he reached 30 he never would.  So we can assume that when he returned to Plympton St Maurice in 1743 after prematurely finishing his […]

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Sir Joshua’s family tree

By Nicci Wakeham, project volunteer Having seen the call for volunteer community researchers into the life and times of Sir Joshua Reynolds, with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, I was eager to become involved. This would involve research using books, journals, the resources of the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, information held at […]

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