National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of John Musters Sir Joshua Reynolds (artist)
British, 1723 - 1792
John Musters, 1777-c. 1780
oil on canvas
overall: 238.5 x 147.3 cm (93 7/8 x 58 in.) framed: 267.7 x 175.6 cm (105 3/8 x 69 1/8 in.)
Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by The Fuller Foundation, Inc.
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From the Tour: British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s
Object 1 of 12

Reynolds, the first president of the Royal Academy, had spent three years in Italy, acquiring a vast knowledge of classical and Renaissance art. His portrayal of the High Sheriff of Nottingham, John Musters, takes its pose from a famous ancient statue of a faun, or mythical woodland creature. Such a sprite of nature was an ideal prototype for a wealthy landowner surveying his estate.

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