Sir Joshua Reynolds: Journey to Genius

Reynolds’ Self-Portrait (1746) and Sketchbook (1750-2) are of international importance and have been acquired by private treaty, thanks to a £326,300 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant and support from the Art Fund, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, and the Friends of Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (FPCMAG). In addition, many local people have also contributed to this purchase, and share the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s vision of the Museum becoming a centre for the study of Sir Joshua Reynolds early life and works, and ensuring the painting and sketchbook are saved for Plymouth and the region.

Throughout this project, our volunteers will share their research of Reynolds beginnings here in the Plymouth area, and their discoveries about the life and times of Plympton, Plymouth, and Plymouth Dock, Modern day Devonport, during the early to mid 1700s.

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