Portrait of a Clergyman (1756-1760)

Reynolds, Joshua (1723-1792)

Portrait of a Clergyman
Oil on canvas, 77 x 64 cm
Museo del PradoMadrid

This is an early work by Reynolds. It lacks the verve and brilliance of his later output but is imbued with a direct, intimate mood and a degree of psychological insight. The light functions to highlight the face against the dark background, as well as the clerical collar and the hand holding the book. (MNP)