National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s

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image of John Musters image of Master John Heathcote image of The Copley Family
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image of Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan image of The Hoppner Children image of The Frankland Sisters
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Eighteenth-century British artists and patrons used the terms "Grand Manner" or "Great Style" to describe paintings that utilized visual metaphors. By extension, the Grand Manner came to include portraiture—especially at full length and in life size—accompanied by settings and accessories that conveyed the dignified status of the sitters. Classical architecture, for instance, signified one's civilized demeanor, whole woodland glens implied natural sincerity.



1Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Musters, 1777-c. 1780
2Thomas Gainsborough, Master John Heathcote, c. 1771/1772
3John Singleton Copley, The Copley Family, 1776/1777
4Thomas Gainsborough, Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1785-1787
5John Hoppner, The Hoppner Children, 1791
6John Hoppner, The Frankland Sisters, 1795
7Sir Thomas Lawrence, Lady Mary Templetown and Her Eldest Son, 1802
8Sir Henry Raeburn, The Binning Children, probably c. 1811
9Sir Joshua Reynolds, Lady Elizabeth Delmé and Her Children, 1777-1779
10George Romney, Miss Juliana Willoughby, 1781-1783
11George Romney, Mrs. Thomas Scott Jackson, c. 1770/1773
12Gilbert Stuart, The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), 1782