Self-Portrait (copy of) Artist: Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723–1792)

after 1788

European Art

Not on view


Oil on panel


15 3/4 × 12 1/8 in. (40 × 30.8 cm) unframed
19 1/2 × 15 7/8 × 1 3/8 in. (49.5 × 40.3 × 3.5 cm) framed

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Gift of Susan Morse Hilles

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18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Art market, Boston; sold to “George Sherborn,” probably Cambridge, Mass., by 1951 [see note 1]; given to Frederick Whiley “Ted” Hilles (1900–1975), New Haven, Conn., about 1951 [see note 2]; by inheritance to Susan Morse Hilles (1905¬–2002), New Haven, Conn., later Boston; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1984

Note 1: A letter from George Sher (b?)orn, a faculty member from the Widener Library at Harvard University to Ted Hilles, states: “…I have too many pictures, one of which I wish to give to you… it is a copy of the Reynolds self-portrait…I got this painting for practically nothing (literally) from a Boston dealer.” (letter from George Sher (b?) orn to “Ted,” November 13, 1951)

Note 2: Ted Hilles was Bodman Professor of English Literature at Yale University and a noted authority on the literary career of Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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