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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Joshua Reynolds prints offer a touch of class to your home, with a large selection available from a variety of sources.

The modern era tends to prefer landscape and portrait genres the most, and Reynolds was particularly proficient in the latter. His career was a display of technical brilliance, taking on some of the most significant commissions that the UK could offer at that time. His achievements were so impressive that his reputation went far beyond his own native country's boundaries. Reynolds is now regarded as one of the finest portrait painters ever to have lived and this ensures that his work remains very much in the public eye, even today.

This classical style is best suited to framed art prints, where the printed artwork is protected, but also finished in a far grander way than simply being presented on it's own with perhaps just a simple plastic cover. The precise choice of frame that you might go for will depend on the interior of your home. Most modern homes with a minimalist finish would work best with a fairly simple frame, perhaps a black wooden frame with small inlay card. That helps to visually separate the frame from the print, and serves the original artwork a little better.

But which are the most popular of Reynolds' paintings? Perhaps the highest profile would be Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney: The Archers, whilst other prefer the the charming portraits of The Age of Innocence and The Infant Samuel. At a time in society when technology dominates our lives, many find it refreshing to see children living relatively simple lives again, just as perhaps they may have done themselves when they were younger. Reynolds is certainly not the only artist to have done this, but was amongst the most technically skilled. He also promoted his career successfully through the strong connections that he held with high society within the UK.

This public love of the traditional, classical styles of British history is also reflected in film and television. There are countless dramas which capture the lives of the rich and famous from previous centuries. These programs give an impression of quintessential British life, though it is important for those abroad to understand that life is quite different today! Those prefering the innocent portraits of young children will also enjoy the work of Academic French artist, William Adolphe-Bouguereau. Some of his related paintings include The Shepherdess, The Young Shepherdess and The Elder Sister and he is also a popular choice for art prints.