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Estelle M. Hurll

1723. Reynolds born at Plympton, Devonshire, England, July 16.

1741-1743. Apprenticeship with the painter Thomas Hudson, London.

1743-1746. Residence in Devonshire.

1746. Portrait of Captain Hamilton first to attract attention.

Death of Reynolds's father.

1746-1749. Residence in Plymouth Docks.

1749-1752. Voyage in Centurion with Commodore Keppel; studies in Italy; and return, via Paris, to London.

1752. Establishment of Reynolds in London as a portrait painter, with apartments in St. Martin's Lane, Leicester Fields.

A little girl and her dog are playing together in a wooded park. The place is a fine playground, with its soft, grassy carpet, and noble old trees. It is the sort of park which adjoins country houses of wealthy old English families, where years of training have brought to perfection the trees planted by previous generations. Here and there, through spaces among the branches, shafts of sunlight illumine the shady spot.

By a pleasant coincidence the year 1768 brought to Reynolds's studio for portrait sittings two young people who began an acquaintance at this time which had a romantic ending. They were Miss Catherine Horneck and Henry William Bunbury, who were married a few years later, and were the parents of the little boy in our picture.

  • Thomas Hudson (1701-1779).
  • Richard Wilson (1714-1782).
  • John Opie (1761-1807).
  • George Romney (1734-1802).
  • Allan Ramsay (1713-1784).
  • Thomas Gainesborough (1727-1788).
  • Sir William Beechey (1753-1839).
  • James Barry (1741-1806).
  • Francis Cotes (1725-1770).

The name of Mrs. Siddons is one of the most distinguished in the history of English dramatic art. For thirty years she was unsurpassed in her impersonation of the tragic heroines of Shakespeare. Her first great success was in the season of 1782, when she appeared for the second time on the London stage. She was then about twenty-seven years of age, and had devoted years of arduous study to her profession. Though gifted by nature with strong dramatic instincts inherited from generations of players, her powers developed slowly.

  • Peter Toms.
  • Giuseppe Marchi.
  • Thomas Beach or Beech.
  • Hugh Barron.
  • Berridge.
  • Parry.
  • James Northcote.
  • Score.

Our thoughts of angels are naturally connected with thoughts of children. Jesus once spoke of the little ones as those whose angels always behold the face of the heavenly Father. Their innocence is the best type we have on earth of the purity of beings of a higher sphere. Often when we try to describe the beauty of some little child, we use the word angelic.

  • William Chambers.
  • George Michael Moser.
  • Francis Milner Newton.
  • Edward Penny.
  • Thomas Sandby.
  • Samuel Wade.
  • William Hunter.
  • *Francis Hayman.
  • George Barrett.
  • Francesco Bartolozzi.
  • Edward Burch.
  • *Agostino Carlini.
  • *Charles Catton.
  • Mason Chamberlin.
  • *J. Baptist Cipriani.
  • Richard Cosway.
  • John Gwynn.
  • William Hoare.
  • Nathaniel Hone.
  • Mrs. Angelica Kauffmann.
  • Jeremiah Meyer.
  • Mrs.

Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, was one of the most celebrated beauties of her time. She was the daughter of the Earl of Spencer, and was married[12] at the age of seventeen to William, Duke of Devonshire, "the first match in England".

[12] March 28, 1774.

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