Sir Joshua Reynolds / General John Burgoyne / probably 1766Sir Joshua Reynolds
General John Burgoyne
probably 1766

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Creator Name: Reynolds, Joshua
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Dates/Places: 1723-1792
Creator Name-CRT: Sir Joshua Reynolds
Title: General John Burgoyne
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Creation Start Date: 1766
Creation End Date: 1766
Creation Date: probably 1766
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas (lined)
Dimensions: 50 x 39 7/8 in. (127 x 101.3 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: The Frick Collection
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 43.1.149
Credit Line: Purchased
Context: Best remembered as the British commander who in 1777 surrendered to American forces at Saratoga, John Burgoyne (1722-92) was also known in his day as a dandy, gambler, actor, amateur playwright, and Member of Parliament. This portrait may have been commissioned by his senior officer, Count La Lippe, as a memento of their Portuguese campaign of 1762. It is presumably the portrait that resulted from a sitting by General Burgoyne noted in Reynolds' ledger for May of 1766; Burgoyne's uniform is that of the Sixteenth Light Dragoons as it was worn until that month. The composition, with the dashing figure silhouetted before a low horizon and cloudy sky, was to become a classic type in Romantic portraiture.
Related Document Description: New York, The Frick Collection. An Illustrated Catalogue. Vol.1, Paintings. [cat.]. 1968, pp.90-94, p.91 (reproduced).
AMICA ID: TFC_.Reynolds.43-1-149
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Frick Collection, New York, 1999

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