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Nymph and Piping Boy

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (Plympton 1723 - London 1792)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1785 - 1786

Materials

Oil on canvas, and giltwood

Measurements

1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Polesden Lacey, Surrey (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Polesden Lacey, Surrey, London and South East, National Trust

NT 1246450

Caption

Based on erotic Venetian Renaissance and French Rococo models, this picture is one of several slightly different versions of this composition by Reynolds. Rarely content merely to repeat a pictorial idea, the artist incorporated small but significant modifications into each reprisal of the subject. This restless approach extended to his experimental approach to the physical make-up of his pictures which has resulted here in severe cracking.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Nymph and Piping Boy by Sir Joshua Reynolds (Plympton 1723 - London 1792), circa 1785-6. The female nude reclines at the left on white and yellow drapery under a red canopy in a wooded landscape; she wears a wreath of flowers in her hair and looks towards a boy dressed in red velvet, who is seated at the right playing a pipe.

Provenance

John Julius Angerstein (1735 - 1823) - mentioned in his house, Woodlands, at Blackheath in 1796- see Lyson's 'Environs of London', IV, p. 462; Sir Cuthbert Quilter (1841-1911) before 1891; his sale, Christie's, 9 July 1909, lot 93, bought by Agnew for C.S. Gulbenkian (1869 - 1955) and bought back 11.7.1914; sold to Mrs Greville for £7,410, 12.12.1917; The bequest of Margaret (Anderson) McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald - later Dame Margaret - Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942) from probate records linked with the donation of the property to the National Trust in 1943. This item found on the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc., the Gun Room Lavatory, page 132.

Credit line

Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (Plympton 1723 - London 1792), artist

References

Lysons 1792 Daniel Lysons, The Environs of London, London, 1792, IV, p. 462 Mannings, 2000: David Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings. The Subject Pictures catalogued by Martin Postle, New Haven & London, 2000, 2176, p. 572

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