Sir Joshua Reynolds
Dionysius Areopagite, a nobleman of Athens and a disciple of St Paul
- Oil on canvas
- 30 × 25 inches · 763 × 635 mm
- Painted circa 1772
Engraved: Isaac Jehner, as Dionysius Areopagita, a Nobleman of Athens and Disciple of St Paul, in mezzotint, published 15 November, 1776.
- John Bentley, Birch House, Lancashire by 1850;
- Bentley sale, Christie’s, 15 May 1886, lot 67;
- M. Trollope, West Bilney Hall, East Winch, Norfolk;
- and by descent to 2014.
- British Institution, 1850, no.55 as Dionysius the Areopagite, (lent by John Bentley).
- E.A. Hamilton, Catalogue Raisonné of the Engraved Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds from 1755 to 1822, London, 1874, p.111;
- Algernon Graves and W.V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, London, 1901, vol.IV, pp.1149-50;
- Martin Postle, ‘Patriarchs, prophets, and paviours: Reynolds’s images of old age’, The Burlington Magazine, 1988, vol.cxxx, pp.736-37;
- Martin Postle, ‘Pathos personified’, Country Life, June 1988, p.204;
- Ilaria Bignamini and Martin Postle, The Artist’s Model: its role in British Art from Lely to Etty, exh. cat. Nottingham (University Art Gallery), 1991, pp.80–81, no.71;
- Martin Postle, Sir Joshua Reynolds: the subject pictures, Cambridge, 1995, pp.125-126;
- David Mannings and Martin Postle, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, no.2066, p.528 (as untraced).
- To be published by Martin Postle in a forthcoming Burlington Magazine article.