Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (1723-1792)


Sir Joshua Reynolds was a regular visitor to Palmer House here in Great Torrington where a sister, Mary, resided with her husband John Palmer. The house, a Grade II* listed building, is now located at 23 New Street. A second sibling, pamphleteer Elizabeth, married to William Johnson, also resided in Great Torrington.
 
On one of his visits during 1762, the celebrated Dr Johnson accompanied him and it is said that both enjoyed passing the time sitting together in the garden gazebo. Today, this gazebo may be viewed and enjoyed by visiting the gardens of RHS Rosemoor where it was relocated following restoration during the 1990s.
 
Sir Joshua is renowned for his influence on eighteenth-century English portrait painting in which he specialised. Together with many of his comtemporaries he was a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts (founded 1768) and honoured by being appointed its first President. The following year saw his achievments recognised by George III in a knighthood for services to the Arts.

Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (1723-1792)


Sir Joshua Reynolds was a regular visitor to Palmer House here in Great Torrington where a sister, Mary, resided with her husband John Palmer. The house, a Grade II* listed building, is now located at 23 New Street. A second sibling, pamphleteer Elizabeth, married to William Johnson, also resided in Great Torrington.
 
On one of his visits during 1762, the celebrated Dr Johnson accompanied him and it is said that both enjoyed passing the time sitting together in the garden gazebo. Today, this gazebo may be viewed and enjoyed by visiting the gardens of RHS Rosemoor where it was relocated following restoration during the 1990s.
 
Sir Joshua is renowned for his influence on eighteenth-century English portrait painting in which he specialised. Together with many of his comtemporaries he was a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts (founded 1768) and honoured by being appointed its first President. The following year saw his achievments recognised by George III in a knighthood for services to the Arts.

Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (1723-1792)


Sir Joshua Reynolds was a regular visitor to Palmer House here in Great Torrington where a sister, Mary, resided with her husband John Palmer. The house, a Grade II* listed building, is now located at 23 New Street. A second sibling, pamphleteer Elizabeth, married to William Johnson, also resided in Great Torrington.
 
On one of his visits during 1762, the celebrated Dr Johnson accompanied him and it is said that both enjoyed passing the time sitting together in the garden gazebo. Today, this gazebo may be viewed and enjoyed by visiting the gardens of RHS Rosemoor where it was relocated following restoration during the 1990s.
 
Sir Joshua is renowned for his influence on eighteenth-century English portrait painting in which he specialised. Together with many of his comtemporaries he was a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts (founded 1768) and honoured by being appointed its first President. The following year saw his achievments recognised by George III in a knighthood for services to the Arts.

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Please support us in conserving your local history.
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Telephone - 01805 622306
Email - enquiries@torringtonmuseum.org.uk
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© 2016 Great Torrington Heritage Museum