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Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel (1725-1786) Admiral of the Blue and politician

Sir Joshua Reynolds (after)

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel (1725-1786) Admiral of the Blue and politician


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ArtistSir Joshua Reynolds (after)
TitleAugustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel (1725-1786) Admiral of the Blue and politician
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensionsheight: 240.50 cm, width: 148.50 cm
AcquisitionPresented by the Earl of Albemarle, July 1948
LocationUK, London, Government Art Collection
GAC number637
 
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Sir Joshua Reynolds (after)

Joshua Reynolds was the dominant artistic personality during the age of George III. He was born in Plympton, Devon. From 1750 to 1752 he studied the work of the Old Masters in Rome. Reynolds returned via Florence and Paris, and settled in London in 1753. In 1759 he painted a portrait of the future king, George, Prince of Wales (Royal Collection). After George’s accession the following year, Reynolds was dismayed to learn that Allan Ramsay had been made Principal Painter to the King. This marked the beginning of increasing hostility between Reynolds and the King. Nonetheless, by 1760 Reynolds had established himself as the leading portraitist. He became President of the Royal Academy in 1768 and was knighted the following year.