Horsey Birthday

Happy centuries-belated birthday to my guy George Stubbs. The Liverpudlian Romantic painter was born on 25 August 1724, and went on to acquire a keen eye for the equine physique. He received only the tiniest modicum of formal training,  but Stubbs was able to hack out a living as a provincial portraitist. At the green age…

Toasting Sir Josh

Today marks the 294th birthday of one of my favourite English rococo portraitists supreme, Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (1723-1792). We’ll leave that Gainsborough character out of this. To celebrate, here’s the rundown on one of his most intriguing depictions of eighteenth-century upper-crustiness. Reynolds’ paint handling here is as flawlessly polished as ever, rendered…