Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney: The Archers by Sir Joshua Reynolds

A full length double portrait showing the aristocrats Colonel John Dyke Acland on the right (1746-1778) and Dudley Alexander Sydney Cosby (1732-1774).

Details

Category:
Sporting
Medium:
Oil on canvas Dimensions: 238.7 x 184.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£400,000 ( Total: £3,200,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
Through Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd

Reynolds carefully chose to depict his sitters using bows, although a shotgun was a more popular weapon at the time. The archers form a superb compositional motif that draws on the kind of classical allusions that formed part of Reynolds's mature portrait repertoire. It is also significant that the portrait was begun in 1769, the year when Reynolds became the 1st president of the new Royal Academy. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Estate of Colonel John Dyke Acland; by descent to Elizabeth Kitty Acland and Henry George Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon; by descent to George, 5th Earl of Carnarvon; Christie's, 1925; Mrs Mervyn Herbert; by descent to the Trustees of the Tetton Heirlooms Estate; Christie's, 2000; John Schaeffer.

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