Joshua Reynolds

Charles Churchill

1755
The painter shows Churchill (c. 1720–1812), a Member of Parliament, as a gentleman at leisure in the countryside, riding crop in hand. Reynolds adapted continental models old and new to create his own grand style, thus meeting his clients’ demands for a dignified and artful portraiture that matched their own self-image. To achieve this, he famously experimented with materials and technique: Churchill’s ghostly pallor results from the use of an unstable red pigment, since vanished; his tan clothes are likely “underpainting,” a dull preparatory layer that would later have been modified with coloured glazes, now lost. Frame: carved wood, gilded. Britain, first-half 18th century, after a French model
Title
Charles Churchill
Date
1755
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
120.7 x 96.5 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1909
Accession number
29

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