Captain Philemon Pownall, 1769
Öl auf Leinwand, 239 x 148 cm
1985 aus dem Kunsthandel erworben
Inv. Nr. 14932
Captain Philemon Pownall
As the first president of the Royal Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds promoted the development of a unified national school. It was to be based on the Grand Style, as explained by Reynolds in his well-known lectures titled Discourses on Art. Elevated in tone and subject matter, this style privileged idealisation over realism. A fine example in Reynolds's own principal field, portraiture, is this painting of a sea captain with its marine trappings.