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Reynolds was famous as an especially sensitive interpreter of childhood. This phase of an individual's life was becoming newly reformulated in this period, and this gallery highlights the range of the artist's approaches to the younger visitors to the studio.

 

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Industry and Idleness (Plate 11)
Industry and Idleness (Plate 12)
March of the Guards
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1.Charles Wilkin after Sir Joshua Reynolds, Lady Cockburn and her three eldest sons, 1792.
2.John Raphael Smith after Joshua Reynolds, Lady Caroline Montagu, 1777.
3.Thomas Watson after Joshua Reynolds, The Strawberry Girl, 1774