Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I Saw The Exact Same Reynolds' Paintings Jane Austen Saw

"On 24 May 1813, Jane Austen visited an art exhibit at the British Institution in Pall Mall, London. The popular show was the first-ever retrospective of the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), England's celebrated portrait painter. Two centuries later, this e-gallery offers the modern visitor a historical reconstruction of that long-lost Regency blockbuster. Enter via the Rowlandson print below, the original 1813 catalogue, or the floor plan."

The Infant Academy, The Gypsy Fortune Teller, Portrait of Kitty Fisher as Cleopatra, and the Laughing Girl were some of the paintings by Reynolds that Kenwood House now owns and were shown in the Seattle exhibit that I went to and talked about on Monday.

To think: my eyes rested on the same paintings that Jane Austen's eyes had rested upon. My word!