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Alexandra Gent

Courtauld Institute of Art

Project title: Repetition and Replication in Sir Joshua Reynolds's Studio Practice

Supervised by Professor Aviva Burnstock and Professor David Solkin.

This thesis proposes to investigate the production of replicas in Sir Joshua Reynolds’s studio through the technical analysis of his paintings where multiple versions survive, and through this to recover the processes for making copies and the extent to which studio assistants and copyists were involved. Additionally the creative process, whereby Reynolds worked on two versions of a picture simultaneously, will be interrogated by comparing different versions of the same composition.

Research Interests

  • Technical art history
  • Joshua Reynolds

Recent Conference Papers