Reynolds studied under the London portraitist Thomas Hudson from 1740 to 1743. He then travelled to Italy where he studied for two years in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice and was greatly influenced by the Italian school of painting. In 1753, he returned to London. He became the first president of the Royal Academy in 1768. During the period 1769 to 1790, Reynolds delivered Fifteen Discourses, seeking to encourage historical painting in the students. He himself is best remembered as an eminent portrait artist. Reynolds was subsequently knighted by the king.
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Seven Discourses on Art
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