Sir Joshua Reynolds (16 July 1723 - 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits. He was one of the major British painters of the 18th Century. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on the idealisation of the imperfect. He was a founder and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was knighted by George III in 1769.
The Victorians being a rather sentimental group loved this portrait which has been on show at the Tate since 1841 and has been reproduced a number of times across prints and other mediums. One of the more fascinating reproductions is this interpretation on a set of seven sterling silver and cut crystal boxes in all different shapes and sizes, hallmarked in Birmingham 1904-08 that we have in store. Ideal as a christening present or a gift for a special god daughter, it will be cherished for years to come.