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Charles Brandling

Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723-1792)


As the leading English portraitist of his generation, Reynolds did much more than faithfully render the features of his sitters. He had a profound awareness of his artistic heritage and made constant references to his predecessors in his paintings, thereby hoping to raise the status of British portraiture. His likeness of Charles Brandling derives from Van Dyck's portrait of Philip, Lord Wharton, which in turn was based on a Greek statue in the Vatican. Charles Brandling, presented here as the ideal country gentleman, was a banker and an eminent member of Parliament.

Object Information

artist
Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723-1792)
creation date
1760
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
48-1/2 x 38-1/2 in.
59 x 49-1/3 in. (framed)
accession number
52.34
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Chandler Werbe in memory of her husband
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors