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Thomas HudsonPortrait of John ByngThe antiquary and engraver George Vertue was a figure in the London art scene for most of the period, and his copious notebooks were adapted and published in the s by Horace Walpole as Some Anecdotes of Painting in England, which remains a principal source for the period.

He also produced models for the Chelsea porcelain factory founded ina private enterprise which sought to compete with Continental factories mostly established by rulers.

Roubiliac's style formed that of the leading native sculptor Sir Henry Cheereand his brother John who specialized in statues for gardens.

Orders were received from as far away as the courts of Russia and Portugal, though English styles were still led by Paris. The ArchersIn the modern popular mind, English art from about — — today referred to as the "classical age" of English painting — was dominated by Sir Joshua Reynolds —George Stubbs —Thomas Gainsborough — and Joseph Wright of Derby — At the time Reynolds was considered the dominant figure, Gainsborough was very highly reputed, but Stubbs was seen as a mere painter of animals and viewed as far a less significant figure than many other painters that are today little-known or forgotten.

The period saw continued rising prosperity for Britain and British artists: He had studied both classical and modern Italian art, and his compositions discreetly re-use models seen on his travels. He could convey a wide range of moods and emotions, whether heroic military men or very young women, and often to unite background and figure in a dramatic way.

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In Reynolds was a leader in founding the rival Society of Artists of Great Britainwhere the artists had more control. This continued untildespite the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts inwhich immediately became both the most important exhibiting organization and the most important school in London.

Reynolds was its first President, holding the office until his death in His published Discourses, first delivered to the students, were regarded as the first major writing on art in English, and set out the aspiration for a style to match the classical grandeur of classical sculpture and High Renaissance painting.

While Reynolds' practice of aristocratic portraits seem exactly matched to his talents, Gainsborough, if not forced to follow the market for his work, might well have developed as a pure landscape painter, or a portraitist in the informal style of many of his portraits of his family.

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He continued to paint pure landscapes for, largely for pleasure until his later years; full recognition of his landscapes came only in the 20th century. His main influences were French in his portraits and Dutch in his landscapes, rather than Italian, and he is famous for the brilliant light touch of his brushwork.

His portraits are mostly characterful but flattering images of dignified society figures, but he developed an obsession with the flighty young Emma Hamilton frompainting her about sixty times in more extravagant poses.

Paul SandbyFrancis TowneJohn Warwick Smithand John Robert Cozens were among the leading specialist painters and the clergyman and amateur artist William Gilpin was an important writer who stimulated the popularity of amateur painting of the picturesquewhile the works of Alexander Cozens recommended forming random ink blots into landscape compositions—even Constable tried this technique.

The unheroic nature of modern dress was seen as a major obstacle in the depiction of contemporary scenes, and the Scottish gentleman-artist and art dealer Gavin Hamilton preferred classical scenes as well as painting some based on his Eastern travels, where his European figures by-passed the problem by wearing Arab dress.

He spent most of his adult life based in Rome and had at least as much influence on Neo-Classicism in Europe as in Britain. The most successful history painters, who were not afraid of buttons and wigs, were both Americans settled in London: Benjamin West and John Singleton Copleythough one of his most successful works Watson and the Shark was able to mostly avoid them, showing a rescue from drowning.

Smaller scale subjects from literature were also popular, pioneered by Francis Haymanone of the first to paint scenes from Shakespeareand Joseph Highmorewith a series illustrating the novel Pamela.

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At the end of the period the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery was an ambitious project for paintings, and prints after them, illustrating "the Bard", as he had now become, and exposing the limitations of contemporary English history painting. Zoffany painted portraits and conversation pieces, who also spent over two years in India, painting the English nabobs and local scenes, and the expanding British Empire played an increasing role in British art.

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