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Mark your diary ! for summertime viewing : 'Joshua Reynolds, Experiments in Paint'- an exhibition at The Wallace Collection, London

Recognised as the leading British portraitist of the 18th century

Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792)

was acclaimed during his lifetime for an innovative approach to painting… 305 more words

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Lady Emma Hamilton: Wild Times and a Sad End

Emma Lyon was born to working-class parents in 1765.  She grew up to be breathtakingly beautiful–and wild. Early in her life, she worked as a maid, but she soon left dustcloths far behind. 408 more words

British Isles

On this day: Samuel Johnson's Dictionary was published in London

The second edition, 1755.

On the 15th of April, 1755, A Dictionary of the English Language was first published. Created by Samuel Johnson, famously known as Dr Johnson, it was the most influential dictionary of its day, and continued to hold that position until the publication of the Oxford English Dictionary 173 years afterwards. 19 more words


Through a woman's eyes

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge) mezzotint by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after a painting by Katharine Read, published September 1764. © National Portrait Gallery, London. 545 more words

Women's History

Joshua Reynolds Experiments in Paint, The Wallace Collection

It’s been a while since my last art exhibition so I was thrilled to be invited along to the first ever bloggers event at The Wallace Collection to take a look at the new Joshua Reynolds Experiments in Paint Exhibit. 522 more words


Reynolds @ Wallace Collection

I am not a fan of Joshua Reynolds. He may have been president of the Royal Academy but his paintings have never left much of an impression on me. 324 more words