This is a studio replica of Reynolds' famous self-portrait, now in the Royal Collection. It was painted towards the end of his life when his short-sightedness forced him to wear spectacles. It was clear that his illustrious career was drawing to a close, and there was therefore a great demand amongst his many admirers for copies of one of his last self-portraits.

According to his friend Edmond Malone, Reynolds is shown 'exactly as he appeared in his latter days, in domestick life.'


  • Title: Self-portrait
  • Date: c.1788
  • Physical Dimensions: w638 x h762 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Canvas
  • Studio of: Reynolds, Sir Joshua
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Further Information: A studio replica of Reynolds's original of c.1788 in the Royal Collection (London 1986, no.149). The sitter's left arm, which in the original is raised as if in the act of painting, has been lowered.
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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