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Follower of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
PORTRAIT OF A BOY
oil on canvas, unlined, unframed


The present work is a copy after a painting by Reynolds which sold at Christie's, London, 3 December 2013, lot 43, for £500,000.1 This type of portrait is an example of Reynolds’s 'fancy pictures' of the 1770s, a genre he became increasingly preoccupied with towards the end of his career. The young boy was originally identified as Edwin, the hero from The Minstrel, a poem published in 1771 by Reynolds’s friend, James Beattie – although more recently this has been questioned.

1 https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/sir-joshua-reynolds-pra-edwin-study-of-5755419-details.aspx?from=salesummery&intobjectid=5755419&sid=d3df05f6-dc64-40d6-86da-9ea0ce4ce7ea 


Unframed: 46.5 x 36.5 cm.; 18 1/4 x 14 3/8 in.
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