Happy Birthday Sir Joshua Reynolds!
July 16, 1723 (Plympton, England)
“The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it.”
Top: Selina, Lady Skipwith, 1787. The Frick Collection (New York)
Bottom: Colonel George K. H. Coussmaker, 1782. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)