Britain was at war for much of Reynolds’s career, and his many military portraits saw him finding highly original ways in which to emphasise the qualities ofheroism, benevolence and thoughtfulness that were being promoted as the ideal qualities of the contemporary officer.


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Industry and Idleness (Plate 11)
Industry and Idleness (Plate 12)
March of the Guards
The Cock Pit
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1.James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Manners, Marquis of Granby, late 1760s.
2.James McArdell after Sir Joshua Reynolds, The Honorable Edward Boscawen, 1758.
3.John Raphael Smith after Sir Joshua Reynolds, Lieutenant-Colonel Tarleton, 1782.
4.James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Jeffery Amherst, 1766.