Sir Joshua Reynolds

A Little Girl (possibly Lady Frances Scott, later Lady Douglas, 1750 - 1817) (About 1758 - 1759)

About this artwork

The sitter was possibly Lady Frances Scott (1750-1817), later Lady Douglas. Reynolds had painted a portrait of Lady Frances with her brothers, the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch and Lord Campbell Scott in 1758. It seems that Lady Frances sat again for Reynolds the following year. This picture may be the result of that sitting, and the identification was made on the similarity of the girls in both paintings.

  • title: A Little Girl (possibly Lady Frances Scott, later Lady Douglas, 1750 - 1817)
  • accession number: NG 1666
  • artist: Sir Joshua ReynoldsEnglish (1723 - 1792)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1758 - 1759
  • measurements: 76.00 x 63.00 cm (framed: 99.50 x 87.10 x 8.70 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1926
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds

Reynolds was born in Plympton, Devon, the son of a headmaster. He was apprenticed to the London portrait painter, Thomas Hudson, in 1740. In 1749 he went to Italy, spending two years in Rome. On his return, in 1753, he set up a studio in London. Reynolds developed a portrait style which attempted to marry the sitter's need for a fashionable likeness with the complexity of traditional religious and historical painting. His compositions are usually interesting but his technique was often unsound, and many of his pictures have deteriorated badly. He was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts and its first president, a position of huge influence which Reynolds used to set the future course of British art.